PHOTOS BY EMILY MCLAUGHLIN, Senior Library Assistant
and LAURA REED, Manager of Children’s and Teen Services
We had a flock of adorable visitors in the courtyard at Central Library the other day.
The nine ducklings and their mama were wandering around on the main level of the courtyard, with their nest out of reach in a planter above. So Laura and Emily, from Children’s and Teen Services, MacGyver’d a ramp that would allow the feathered family to return home.
When they went back to check on them later, the ducks were gone, having wandered out through the gate. But they heard a few pitiful quacks from below. One little duckling had fallen into the window well, and was calling for help.
Duck Rescue First Responders from our facilities department were on the scene within minutes, with a ladder and garbage pail, to bail him out.
He was uninjured, but now we had an orphan on our hands. Where was his family? Another staff member, coming back from lunch, had just seen a duck family at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church down the street.
So Emily and Laura took the lonely little guy to St. Peter’s and put him in the grass with the rest of his (we hope?) family, sang a verse of “Reunited,” and left them all to get reacquainted.
Later that same afternoon, we saw this tweet from a little further down Queen Street. It looks like there are 10 ducklings here, so we hope this is our same duck family, being safely escorted to Victoria Park!
As for the Sheriff John Motz Courtyard, it is expected to be open to our non-feathered friends soon. Stay tuned for details.