Library’s butterfly festival to be online this year

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library’s Lawson Roberts Butterfly Festival will be virtual this year.

The 15th annual Lawrence Roberts Butterfly Festival this year will be completely online from Sept. 21 to Sept. 25, with Monarch tagging demonstrations on video, an online scavenger hunt, and informational guides and videos on pollinators and native plants.

The public library is still closed to walk-in traffic because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and currently provides curbside service, a spokesman said. It will not have any in-person activities in the library for the butterfly festival this year.

Participants in the butterfly festival this year will be able to pick up craft and seed kits for activities curbside from the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 4051 West Drive, where the festival traditionally has taken place, according to the spokesman.

There is a self-guided butterfly nature walk from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6 at Wyandotte County Lake Park starting near the Schlagle Library sidewalk, with signs directing visitors.

There is also a butterfly coloring contest for ages 5 to 15 that can be done at home and returned by Sept. 30.

Voting on an online butterfly photo contest will close today.

A list of activities with the butterfly festival is online at

The butterfly festival has been held by the library every year since 2006. It is made possible by donations from the Lawson Roberts Memorial Fund.

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