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The Queen of Form-bee!

Formby Library is the very first public Library to have Her Majesty the Queen Bee resident in their new hives, creating a legacy for Formb-ee! The library staff were lucky to spot the new queen. If you think you’re having a bad day, this queen will be laying up to 2,000 eggs a day over the month of May!

The bees at Formby with the Queen bee (she has the yellow dont on so you can see her)

Beehives and Bookworms is a lottery funded project hosted by Sefton Libraries to run free workshops, courses, talks and exhibitions about our local bees and environment. Check out their website: A spokesperson for the library said: "The bee hive in Formby Library garden was opened a few weeks ago and we are delighted to report that the bees are thriving and are now making Formby Library honey. Currently, it’s mostly from dandelion nectar! We are collecting all the dandelion seed to sow later in the year. They produce so much pollen and nectar for bees when not much else is out."

"Formby Library’s first ever frames of honey were taken off on Thursday 24th May, with volunteers Ian and Enna who helped extract." "Come and learn the practical side of beekeeping - put a beesuit and gloves on and check the hive with us." "Or you could learn how to make products with honey and wax like lip balms and candles at our 2018 workshop plan. All free, all welcome!" Formby Library are looking for volunteers to help with the weekly hive checks which usually take place on Thursday lunchtimes – all clothing and equipment will be provided. It will be a great chance to gain some practical experience. Contact the library for details. Activities linked to the bees will be happening throughout the summer. Contact Formby library for details. Go on... Make a Bee-Line to Formby Library and drop in and check it out! Such a lovely project. Did someone say honey?... Formby Library 17 Duke Street Formby L37 4AN Tel: 01704 874177 Monday to Friday Open 10am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 2pm Sunday Closed

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