Boone County Public Library will reveal what thrives beneath the soil, under the sea, in the shadows of night and within other dark environments in the traveling exhibition, In the Dark, on view June 1 through September 5 at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, in Burlington. Hours: Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.
This interactive touring exhibit, produced by the Cincinnati Museum Center, will allow you to enter some of the world’s areas with little or no light. Discover how animals, plants and people have adapted to dark environments as you are surrounded by the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of ecosystems at night, below the ground, inside caverns and deep in the sea.
In the Dark includes sophisticated life-like dioramas, fiberglass models, information panels and hands-on components, such as computer games, mechanical displays, and chemical experiments.
Find out how bobcats, barred owls, spotted skunks, flying squirrels and salamanders forage for meals and learn how bats feed on night-blooming cacti in the Darkness of Night component of the exhibit. Discover what lurks below the soil as you learn about the animals that thrive just beneath the Earth’s surface in Darkness within the Soil. Get a look at what dwells below the ground in a typical backyard with a life-size diorama featuring a cross-section of earth that reveals moles, cicadas, bumblebees, worms, millipedes, slugs and other animals that call the soil “home.”
In Darkness Deep within Caves you will examine open and closed cave systems and learn the natural processes that form each type of cave and the unique organisms found inside. The dioramas include a walk-through re-creation of a limestone solution cave and a closed ecosystem found in Romania’s Movile cave.
In the Dark has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada, visiting over 40 venues in cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, Memphis, San Antonio, Las Vegas, and Regina, SK. This is the first time the exhibit has ever been on display in a library or in Kentucky! Take advantage of this opportunity to experience In the Dark on display in your own community for free!