The Craigs will be giving a talk at the library on Friday about bees.
The Craigs will be giving a talk at the library on Friday about bees. Contributed

Be at library for a hive of activity

GYMPIE Library is abuzz with the delights of honey this week.

The library foyer is featuring a display showing the health-giving benefits of bees and honey and on Friday at 10am, the library will host a talk by Athol and Glenbo Craig about their sweet new book, Nature's Gifts.

Nature's Gifts is a colourful, descriptive and thoroughly good-natured look at bees. It includes information on the role of pollination, habitat, health and native and solitary bees.

It will particularly appeal to anyone focused on the plight of bees in their area.

It is also a genuine slice of family history, with Athol's bee-experience spanning more than 50 years.

Athol and co-author Skaidra Craig, and the book's designer/photographer, Glenbo, said Nature's Gifts focused on honey, pollen and all things bees, making it a must-read for any wanna-bee enthusiasts in Gympie and the Mary Valley.

Mary River Catchment Group chairman Ian Mackay echoed those comments.

"In all the bee books I've read, I've never seen one that goes anywhere near the exuberance or joyousness of this one," Mr Mackay said.

"But perhaps equally as importantly, I've never seen one that covers its broad range of subject matter in such an inspiring and informative fashion," he said.

To be part of the sweet celebration, phone Gympie Library on 5481 0859 or email

Admission to the talk is free, with bookings essential.