Y not donate those old children’s books?

The Gallatin Valley YMCA is looking to exercise young minds as well as young bodies this summer.

This month, the Y is collecting donated books for its Camp Readers Program. The program aims to keep kids reading over the summer and stave off summer learning loss. The Gallatin Valley YMCA is participating in the Y USA Camp Readers Program, which serves all children enrolled in summer programs at the Y.

Books are being collected to beef up the local YMCA’s library for preschool-aged children through eighth-graders.

Books can be donated at these locations through May 31:

- Bozeman High School – Hawks Nest Program

- Gallatin Valley YMCA – 514 S. 23rd Ave.

- Lehrkind’s Coca-Cola – 1715 N. Rouse Ave.

- Bozeman Pediatrics – Bozeman Deaconess Hospital

- Town & Country locations on 19th and 11th avenues

Need a bike? Bid on a bike

Next week is Bike to Work Week. But if you find yourself short two wheels then you may want to swing over to the Bozeman Police Department abandoned bicycle auction later this month.

The annual auction is being held Saturday, May 31, at the city’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility on North Rouse Avenue. The preview starts at 8 a.m. with bidding beginning at 9 a.m.

About 80 abandoned bikes are on the list, which can be found on the city of Bozeman’s website, www.bozeman.net.

The bikes have been found abandoned all over the city, said Bozeman Police Department volunteer Ed Kibbey.

When a bicycle is found, it’s listed online for 30 days. After 30 days, it goes onto the list for the bike auction, Kibbey explained.

Money raised through the auction goes into the city’s general fund.

The grass app

Don’t ever find yourself outside again wondering what kind of grass you’re looking at.

A new “Montana Grasses” app, developed by Montana State University’s College of Agriculture and High Country Apps in Bozeman, identifies over 100 grasses and grass-like plants in and around the state.

The app allows users to select a custom list of species for future reference. It includes images, species descriptions, range maps and other information. An Internet connection isn’t needed to use the app when you’re in the field.

Expertise for building the app came from MSU faculty and staff in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology.

Users can browse a species list or search for specific plants. There are 13 sets of characteristics to help define a search, including appearance, seed head, blade width, habitat, elevation and whether it is native or introduced to the area.

The app can be purchased for $4.99.

Erin Schattauer can be reached at 582-2628 or eschattauer@dailychronicle.com. She’s on Twitter at @erinschattauer.

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