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Beekeepers link up with library to get out the buzz

Members of the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association and the Greenville Public Library on Nov. 5 came together for a reception to welcome the RIBA Book Collection to the Greenville Public Library. The resources in the collection, which are vital to Rhode Islanders hoping to obtain a Master Beekeeper Certification, are available through the donation of the RIBA board and its members.

The collection found a home at Greenville Library after RIBA members were looking for an efficient way to access these essential books from anywhere in the state. RIBA previously made the catalogued books available to members upon request. By donating the book collection to the Greenville Public Library, the public as well as RIBA members will now have access to these materials. Ocean State Libraries uses LORI, a statewide delivery system provided by the RI Office of Library & Information Services, to carry library materials among its members.

This collaboration also supports RIBA’s goal of increasing the number of Master Beekeepers in the state. Scott Langlais, RIBA mentor, was crucial in bringing the two organizations together.

“The threats facing honey bees have increased exponentially in the past few decades–new pesticides, multiple parasites, and viruses to name just a few,” Langlais said in a press release from the library. “As a result, beekeepers need to constantly re-educate themselves with the most current information possible. RIBA is proud to partner with the Greenville Library to provide this vitally important material, the bulk of which was formerly unavailable in the Ocean State Libraries network. We’re certain this will help to ensure the future health of honey bee colonies in Rhode Island and the crops they pollinate.”

The collection, which consists of 44 books, 1 DVD, and 15 VHS tapes will be available to any Ocean State Libraries card holder. The materials may be requested through the OSL catalog at catalog.oslri.net.

For more information, contact the Greenville Public Library reference desk at 401-949-3630 ext. 103.