Documentary film at Creston library examines vanishing honeybees

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Events for adults and children continue at the Creston and District Public Library this February with a few time changes due to a new schedule.

The Don’t Leave Your Mind Behind documentaries continue on alternate Saturdays, showing now from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. On Feb. 12, a topic of great interest is presented in Vanishing of the Bees. The film looks at the mysterious disappearance of honeybees across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as colony collapse disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting opinions abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery. More information is available at www.vanishingbees.com.

Storytime continues for children ages two to six, now on Wednesday mornings. Come enjoy reading and singing with Margaret and her array of puppets and props from 10-10:30 a.m. in the children’s area.

Films for children also continue on Saturdays, with dates and titles to be announced. For more information, please phone the library at 250-428-4141.

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