Photos Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A Big Brown bat chows down on a mealworm snack beneath the bright lights of a magnifying video projector.
Outside, it may have been a sweltering California afternoon, but inside a darkened room at the Los Altos main library last week, local kids gave their rapt attention to a softer, muted scene.
In serene nighttime sepia tones, a slow-motion video showed a bat curving its body balletically as it hunted a moth, quietly chittering. The packed room of parents and kids, from toddlers in laps to older elementary students, oohed and aahed at the animal’s graceful flight, and a chorus of disappointed groans filled the room when the bat’s prey escaped.