As Brood X cicadas return to the area for the first time in 17 years, the Noyes Library for Young Children is offering families a fun way to learn about the bugs.
Now through Sunday, June 5, you and your child can read about the lifecycle of cicadas (amid the buzzing of actual cicadas) on the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation‘s “Cecily Cicada” StoryWalk through Clum-Kennedy Park in Kensington. Originally written in 2004 during the last Brood X emergency, “Cecily Cicada” has been reissued with updated illustrations for this year’s cicada season by Patsy Helmetag and her daughter, Kita Helmetag Murdock.
Digital activity sheets are available by scanning the QR codes on the colorful signs dotting the park. You can also stop by the Noyes Library between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekends to pick up a free “Cecily Cicada”-themed craft kit, featuring a cicada coloring sheet, origami paper and instructions and jewel stickers.
Can’t make it to the walk? Join the Foundation’s Facebook Live story time on Tuesday, May 25, at 11 a.m., as Kensington stage actor and mom, Karen Vincent, reads “Cecily Cicada.”
Noyes Library for Young Children, 10237 Carroll Place, Kensington, MD 20895