On Monday afternoon, we had a program about minerals and gems, led by local hobbyist George Zemaitis. He brought his collection of various minerals and gems into the library for the kids to look at and handle! He brought items from the center of the Earth, outer space, and all around the world. The kids were really interested, impressed, and awed by George’s collection. They got to see up close how beautiful quartz crystals and diamonds are, among many other gems.
The highlight of the program was when George introduced the kids to some rocks that glowed neon when exposed to ultraviolet light. It was very cool, and the kids loved it!
Here is the Mueller family posing with George and his wife, Lois. They also collect rocks!
George had a lot of interesting stuff, and he has even more in his collection at home! He frequently goes to gem shows and has even done a little mining of his own. He is very passionate and knowledgeable on the topic, and it definitely showed when he was sharing his collection with the kids.