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A 'fishy' program at St. Charles library

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  • Tracy Stellato of St. Charles points out fish to her son Dillon, 6, while children gather around a new aquarium tank Monday during the "What's in the Aquarium?" program at the St. Charles Public Library. The new aquarium was installed on Mother's Day, and children were invited to come and learn about the fish in the youth services area of the library.

       Tracy Stellato of St. Charles points out fish to her son Dillon, 6, while children gather around a new aquarium tank Monday during the "What's in the Aquarium?" program at the St. Charles Public Library. The new aquarium was installed on Mother's Day, and children were invited to come and learn about the fish in the youth services area of the library.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Martin Sullivan, 1 watches fish in the new aquarium after attending the "What's in the Aquarium?" program at the St. Charles Public Library on Monday. Martin's mother Jill was excited to bring him to the library to hear a story about fish and learn about the new creatures in the tank. "He loves the aquarium, this is his favorite thing to do at the library," she says.

       Martin Sullivan, 1 watches fish in the new aquarium after attending the "What's in the Aquarium?" program at the St. Charles Public Library on Monday. Martin's mother Jill was excited to bring him to the library to hear a story about fish and learn about the new creatures in the tank. "He loves the aquarium, this is his favorite thing to do at the library," she says.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Lilly Hale, 7 and her mother, Amy of St. Charles hold a bag containing a fish during the "What's in the Aquarium?" program at the St. Charles Public Library on Monday. The program invited children to learn about the new aquarium that was installed on Mother's Day.

       Lilly Hale, 7 and her mother, Amy of St. Charles hold a bag containing a fish during the "What's in the Aquarium?" program at the St. Charles Public Library on Monday. The program invited children to learn about the new aquarium that was installed on Mother's Day.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

 
By Brooke Herbert Hayes
bhayes@dailyherald.com

On Monday afternoon, more than 25 children gathered with their parents at the St. Charles Public Library for the "What's in the Aquarium?" program, organized by the library's youth services director, A. Denise Farrugia.

On Mother's Day, a new aquarium tank was installed at the library, replacing one installed in 1988. The new tank was a gift from the Junior Friends, a group of middle school student volunteers in St. Charles.

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During the program, Farrugia read the story, "Memoirs of a Goldfish," as the children huddled around on the floor in their parents' laps.

Afterward, Grant Bedow, who maintains the aquarium, talked to the children about the types of fish in the tank and let them hold bags filled with new fish that were to be placed in the tank later that day. On a wall was a gallery called "Mail for Library Fish Friends," a collection of letters written from children during the aquarium renovation.

After the program, children gathered around the aquarium as Bedow dropped the creatures into their new home in the tank. Martin Sullivan, 1, of St. Charles excitedly pointed out all the fish to his mother, Jill. "He loves the aquarium," she said. "This is his favorite thing to do at the library."

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