The Caldwell County Public Library Granite Falls Branch is teaming up with Caldwell County 4-H Youth Development to create learning experiences about chickens!
“Chick Lit Live!” is kicking off with chicken eggs being hatched in the display window of the Granite Falls Branch of the Caldwell County Public Library located at 24 South Main Street, Granite Falls. Seventeen eggs were placed in the incubator last week by Darlene Berry, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development / Family and Consumer Sciences with Caldwell Cooperative Extension Service.
PIctured left to right: Susan Dudley Clark, Granite Falls Branch Librarian; Wendy Hildebran, Library Assistant; Guy Franzen, Library Assistant and Darlene Berry pose with an egg incubator in Caldwell County Public Library Granite Falls Branch for “Chick Lit Live.”
“Every April, we work with Caldwell County Schools faculty to bring the study of embryology to students ages 5 through 17. It is a special life lesson that people of all ages enjoy,” explains Berry. “Most of us have childhood memories that include chickens. With the perfect sidewalk window available at the Caldwell County Granite Falls Library branch, I saw a way to bring the excitement of watching the hatchings not just to the schools, but to the public as well. The library staff have been wonderful in helping me bringing my idea to life and are crucial in the daily supervision of our 'mechanical hen' as she does her important job."
The eggs are expected to hatch in 21 days, sometime around May 16 and can be monitored by a webcam at http://go.ncsu.edu/ccplchicklit.
The eggs are being watched over by Granite Falls Library Branch staff with the help of a hygrometer which will monitor temperature and humidity. As part of “Chick Lit Live,” library staff will have available special selections from the library collection on chickens and encourage visitors to share their best chicken jokes and learn the chicken quote of the day.
“The Granite Falls Branch is well known for its innovative window displays, including last September’s ‘Live Humans Reading Books,’ where members of the community volunteers took hour-long shifts to read a banned book in our window,” explains Susan Dudley Clark, Caldwell County Public Library Branch Librarian. “When Darlene approached us with this window idea, we were immediately sold on it. The backyard chicken movement of the past few years has led to us developing a good collection of books about raising chickens and building chicken coops, and we will be featuring these titles in the window alongside the incubator.”
For more information about “Chick Lit Live!” and the hatching contact Berry at 828- 757-1257x258.
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