Children gathered at the library last Thursday to learn about nocturnal animals. Heather Reid from Reedy Creek Nature Center taught the young naturalists about the barred owl’s sight, the skunk’s defense mechanism, the bat’s echolocation, and the necessity of beetles and millipedes for a forest’s ecosystem. The children had the opportunity to ask questions and touch pelts, feathers, scales, and bugs. Popcorn, the corn snake, was popular among the eager learners. The Reedy Creek Nature Center provides these specimens and more at no cost. For more information call 704-432-6459. The library will host another natural program this summer. The Nature Lady’s interactive ornithological program will be July 19. For more information about library programs call 704-416-5200.