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Delmont library will host butterfly-release party on July 24

| Monday, July 17, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Evan R. Sanders | Tribune-Review
Audrey Moy of Delmont, delicately handles a monarch butterfly during a monarch butterfly release at the Greensburg Garden Center on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Delmont library officials will release monarchs into their grant-funded garden at 6 p.m. on July 24, 2017.

Delmont Public Library Director Denni Grassel feels like a nervous new parent.

Five of the 107 caterpillars delivered to the library have completed their transformation into butterflies, and library officials will host a release into their grant-funded butterfly garden at 6 p.m. on July 24.

“They aren't flying yet — just drying their wings,” Grassel said Monday morning. “We put oranges and fruit in for food. Now we just have to keep them alive for one more week!”

Funding for the garden and butterfly project was provided by the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.

The release will take place in the borough-owned lot across from the library, 77 Greensburg Street in Delmont. Library officials will set up a screened-in tent and those who have adopted a caterpillar and helped with the weekly Delmont Diggers group — who dug and planted the garden — will go into the tent with cotton balls dipped in sugar water. The butterflies will then be released into the garden.

For more, visit the library's website .

Patrick Varine is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. He can be reached at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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