The Morton Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) partnered with Morton Public Library to offer the June session of GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science).  Girls in grades four through seven learned about helping the monarch butterfly from Lisa Reed. The Reed Family yard is a registered monarch way station and they are involved in tagging butterflies to track migration. The girls observed caterpillars and learned about the monarch life cycle. Afterwards, the girls were able to release monarchs.

The next GEMS session will be held on August 20 at the Morton Public Library from 4:00-5:30pm. Judy Griffin, AAUW Volunteer will present Microscope Mysteries and I Spy Scavenger Hunt. All girls grades four-seven are welcome, but must pre-register through the Morton Public Library at

AAUW was founded in 1882 and is the oldest women’s organization in the United States. It advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.  Membership is open to any graduate with an associate or equivalent degree or higher. Monthly meetings are held September through May. Any qualified person interested in joining AAUW is invited to attend.

For further information, please contact Alissa Williams, Morton AAUW Publicity, at or 309-360-8496.