Librarian Pamela McKenzie reads 'Tales of Animals in War' to attendants of the Krafty Kids reading and workshop at the Port McNeill library Saturday.

Librarian Pamela McKenzie reads 'Tales of Animals in War' to attendants of the Krafty Kids reading and workshop at the Port McNeill library Saturday.

VIRL crafts tales of tails

Kids hear of the role of animals in war at the Port McNeill branch of the VIRL.

PORT McNEILL—A special “Krafty Kids” reading and workshop for Remembrance Day last weekend gave young readers the opportunity to learn about the animals who served in war.

At the Port McNeill branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, librarian Pamela McKenzie read stories about the different animals who have served in Canadian wars. She shared tales about the dogs, horses, pigeons, and even elephants who helped soldiers by carrying messages, providing transportation, and comforting their fellow soldiers.

“We sometimes forget that humans weren’t the only ones who served in the war,” she told kids last Saturday.

Afterwards, kids gathered at the crafts table to colour their own Remembrance Day bookmarks. They were also given tools and instructions to make origami paper cranes that symbolized peace, as seen in the book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.”

This was just one of last week’s library events on the North Island, which also included a Ted Talk and a weekend Mother Goose reading at the Port Hardy VIRL branch, as well as a similar kids workshop at the Woss VIRL branch.

Tonight, the Port Hardy library will continue its “Remarkable Women” series by looking at Strength from the Earth. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.