Dozens of visitors released butterflies, heard an orchestra play and touched a snake on Saturday afternoon During the Friends of the Aliso Viejo Library first annual Summer Celebration.
The event, which was held at the Aliso Viejo Library, focused on nature and music. Organizers of the event hoped to provide an interactive experience that community members of all ages could enjoy.
"We’re also really excited because we’re making a bit of tradition here in Aliso Viejo. It’s something that we’re doing together as a community. It’s our first event and you’re all a part of it," said Roya Yasharpour with the FAVL.
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Phillips attended the event at the library and said, “Professionally, I lay out big master planned communities. And one of the things that we’re noticing is that libraries are becoming the 21st century community center. It’s where we’re bringing together information, knowledge, culture and community gatherings."
FAVL President Debbie Sinclair was on hand to explain why the event, with more than a dozen family activities, was held.
"We’re trying to bring the community to the library," said Sinclair, "to get them to understand that there are more things here besides books. We have a lot of sponsored community events. We support all of the library’s activities, movies, foreign films, family film day, kids’ events."
For one of the celebration's activities, guests were given small folded paper triangles. Inside each triangle, a live butterfly was waiting to be released.
"One of the reasons we’re doing this butterfly release is in the spirit of our first annual summer celebration...community, peace, creativity and books," Sinclair said.
All at once, with "oohs and ahs" the crowd released their butterflies. Scooter’s Jungle sponsored the release.
Guests were also invited to learn about apartment gardening, Aliso Viejo history, the Wyland Foundation, composting and honey bees. They could participate in knitting, touching a rosy boa snake, mural painting, face and nail painting, experience an Orange County Fire Authority fire truck tour and sidewalk chalk drawing.
Aliso Viejo Librarian Stephanie Brown thanked Sinclair and FAVL, Boy Scout Troop 774 and the more than 200 people who donated time to make the event successful.