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June 8, 2009

Storytime and movie series begins at UI Museum of Natural History

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Movies@MNH and Animal Tales Storytime programs will continue throughout the summer, offering free, public family activities on Sundays in June, July, and August.

Movies@MNH will feature episodes from the Discovery Channel's 2006 award-winning "Planet Earth" documentary series, a high-definition global overview of the planet's diverse natural habitats. Each 50-minute episode will be shown at 2 p.m. in the Biosphere Discovery Hub, located on the third floor of Macbride Hall on the UI Pentacrest. The program schedule includes:

--June 14: "From Pole to Pole."
--July 12: "Mountains."
--August 2: "Freshwater."

At the Animal Tales Storytime programs at 2 p.m. Sundays, families are invited for an afternoon of stories related to an animal on display in the Museum. After the storytime readings, visitors can explore the associated exhibits with museum staff, and children will be given activity sheets to take home. Stories are geared toward elementary-aged children and will be read in various galleries of Macbride Hall. The program schedule includes:

--June 21: "Fossils and Bones," Iowa Hall.
--July 19: "Alligators and Crocodiles," Biosphere Discovery Hub.
--August 16: "Bison and the Prairie," Mammal Hall.

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, UI Museum of Natural History,, 319-335-0606; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Claire Lekwa