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Project CHICK Update – Hatching Commmenced!

The chicken eggs that we have been incubating in the Children’s Department for the past 21 days are starting to wiggle, and that only means one thing – they’re hatching!  They will be available to visit in the library until Monday, May 14th at 4pm.  We’ll then be returning the chicks to Casey’s Farm to be free range chickens.

We invite you to come visit them and take photos, although children will not be able to hold them in their newly hatched state.  We would love to have you visit and answer your questions about the hatching process.

  Some chicken egg facts:

  • Incubate for 21 days
  • Require a temperature of about 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • A hen has been recorded to rotate her eggs about 96 times a day!
  • The eggs you buy in the store are unfertilized – so no need to worry about cracking open any developing embryo’s
  • The developing embryos feed on the yolk inside the egg while growing
  • The chick breaks free from the egg with the help of an egg tooth.  After hatching, the tooth falls off
  • An average chicken weighs about 5 and a half pounds

The stages of development for a chicken egg

 

 

 

A Blooming May

Summer is so close, but before we can relish those long summer days we have the wonderful month of May to breeze through.  Luckily, there are plenty of programs scheduled to help the time fly by.

Funtime Storytime

  • Funtime Storytime is a drop-in 30 minute program for ages 3-5.  These storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, and rhymes.   Storytimes are followed by a playtime!  Children and parents alike will make new friends.
  • Registration is not required.  FREE.
  •  Meets on Mondays at 11am on May 7, 14, and 21.

Playful Preschoolers Storytime

  • Register your child for age-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, and snacks or a simple craft.  Storytimes are followed by a playtime!  Take this opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers while your child plays with new friends.  Ages 4-5.  Registration is required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Tuesdays at 11am on May 8, 15, 22, and 29

Toddler Time Stories

  • Toddler Time is a special storytime for 2 & 3 year olds with a parent or caregiver.   Storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes, with a simple craft or snack.  Toddlers can enjoy a playtime following storytime, while parents and caregivers socialize.  Registration is required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Wednesdays at 11am on May 2, 9, 16, and 23

Babytime Playgroup

  • Babytime Playgroup is a drop-in program for babies from ages birth-24 months.  Enjoy socializing and playing with specially selected age-appropriate toys and board books.  The library will provide toys, early literacy resources, and parenting materials for you and your child to enjoy in a warm and supportive environment with other parents and caregivers.
  • Registration is not required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Fridays at 10am on May 4, 11, 18, and 25.
  • Held in the Children’s Department

 

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta for Kids

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a fantastic storytime fiesta!  We’ll be reading stories in Spanish and English, making our very own mini pinatas, and shaking our handmade maracas to celebrate.  Registration is required, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 846-1573 to register.
  • When: Saturday, May 5th at 11am
  • Where: Children’s Department
  • Cost: FREE!

 

Project CHICK

The Children’s Department is hosting an incubator of fertilized chicken eggs from Casey’s FarmThese chicken eggs from Casey’s Farm arrived on April 19th and should hatch around May 11th!   The breeds are Dominique and Rhode Island Reds.  We will keep them for several days after they hatch before returning them to the farm, so be sure to check back and see them in the library after they hatch.

 “Thanks, Mom!” Storytime and Card Making Craft

What better way to say “Happy Mother’s Day!” than with a handmade card from a loved one and a sharing a special storytime?  For ages 4 and up.  All supplies are provided.  Register for this free program by visiting or calling the Children’s Department at 846-1573.
  •  When: Saturday, May 12th at 11am.  FREE.
  • Where: Children’s Department

Spring Vacation Week Programs for Kids

Bubbleology Program

Are you ready to see the secret world of bubbles, to see bubbles as you’ve never seen them before?  Keith Michael Johnson shows us the amazing science behind bubbles in an entertaining and education show.  Just how big will his bubbles be?  Think BIG!  To get a sneak peek into his program, check out the YouTube clip below.

When:  Tuesday, April 17th at 2pm in the Meeting Room.  For all ages.  One hour long.

Project CHICK

To say that we’re excited to be hosting an incubator of chicken eggs for 3 weeks from Casey Farm in the Children’s Department is a bit of an understatement.  To start it off with a bang an educator from their farm will be presenting a slide show on chicken development and behavior. This is followed by a hands-on display of various bird eggs and a visit from one of the farm’s Dominique chickens, a rare breed they are actively conserving.  Come join us as we welcome the chicks to the library!

When: Thursday, April 19th at 11am.  For grades K-8.  One hour long.

Earth Day Flower Potting Party  

Roll up those sleeves and get those hands dirty with us, we’re planting flowers!  We’ll provide all the materials (including a “dirt” cake dessert!), and all you have to do is show up, get a little dirty, and take home a potted seed that will blossom into a beautiful plant.

When: Saturday, April 21 at 11am.  Ages 3 and up.  Pre-registration required.

April Programs

Things that we’re looking forward to doing this month in the library: spring vacation week, planting flowers, hatching baby chicks, and big, BIG bubbles!  Here’s the details:

Bubbleology Program

Are you ready to see the secret world of bubbles, to see bubbles as you’ve never seen them before?  Keith Michael Johnson shows us the amazing science behind bubbles in an entertaining and education show.  Just how big will his bubbles be?  Think BIG!  To get a sneak peek into his program, check out the YouTube clip below.

When:  Tuesday, April 17th at 2pm in the Meeting Room.  For all ages.  One hour long.

Project CHICK

To say that we’re excited to be hosting an incubator of chicken eggs for 3 weeks from Casey Farm in the Children’s Department is a bit of an understatement.  To start it off with a bang an educator from their farm will be presenting a slide show on chicken development and behavior. This is followed by a hands-on display of various bird eggs and a visit from one of the farm’s Dominique chickens, a rare breed they are actively conserving.  Come join us as we welcome the chicks to the library!

When: Thursday, April 19th at 11am.  For grades K-8.  One hour long.

Earth Day Flower Potting Party  

Roll up those sleeves and get those hands dirty with us, we’re planting flowers!  We’ll provide all the materials (including a “dirt” cake dessert!), and all you have to do is show up, get a little dirty, and take home a potted seed that will blossom into a beautiful plant.

When: Saturday, April 21 at 11am.  Ages 3 and up.  Pre-registration required.

Fun Time Storytime

Funtime Storytime is a drop-in 30 minute program for ages 3-5.  These storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, and rhymes.  Storytimes are followed by a playtime!  Children and parents alike will make new friends.  Registration is not required.  FREE.

Meets on Mondays at 11am on April 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th

Babytime Playgroup

Babytime Playgroup is a drop-in program for babies from ages birth-24 months.  Enjoy socializing and playing with specially selected age-appropriate toys and board books.  The library will provide toys, early literacy resources, and parenting materials for you and your child to enjoy in a warm and supportive environment with other parents and caregivers.  Registration is not required.  FREE.

Meets on Fridays at 10am, on April 6th, 13th, and 20th


Why Did the Chickens Cross the Road?

Why did the chickens cross the road?  Because they thought it was a egg-cellent idea!  Chickens was the theme for the Preschool Storytime on February 28th, and from rhyming text to prose we were introduced to the antics of some baby chicks, hens, and roosters.  Here are some of the stories we shared!

Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke  kept everyones attention as a scamp of a baby chick is stuck in mud – or so his mother thinks. After involving all the animals on the farm including the farmer, we find the baby chick was just playing in the mud and thanked everyone for joining him.

 Peepsqueak by Leslie Ann Clark had everyone repeating the phrase “He was on the move!” as the baby chick is determined from the start to fly high.  His attempts, though,  always leave him falling down on to soft grass.  Consoled by his mother at his failed attempts to fly, the Gray Goose takes Peepsqueak on a flight above the farm on his back.

Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman told of the Greenstalk family’s farm animals and how they find their way out of predicaments throughout the week by their industrious chickens.  The family finds after all their help that even the chickens need a day of rest.

Posted by Miss Jane.