@ Your Library 6.4.19

staffers with chickens

@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart


Chickens: Fair or Fowl?

“Why chickens?” you ask.  Because I needed inspiration and there are an impressive number of chicken photos on my phone.  These come mostly through texts from a friend (who is a library patron!) who knows I am particularly fond of her fowl because they remind me of golden retrievers. They are big, golden, friendly, huggable birds; chickens that have been taught nice manners at home.  The most recent batch of chicken photos made me wonder just how many books on chickens we have at CFL, and, turns out, we have at least a dozen or so:

  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones.  Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.
  • Once Upon a Flock: Life With My Soulful Chickens by Lauren Scheuer.  When longtime illustrator and lover of power tools Lauren Scheuer was looking for a project, she got the idea to raise backyard chickens. Her husband and teenage daughter looked on incredulously as coop sketches and chicken-raising books filled their New England home. But when the chicks arrived, the whole family fell in love with the bundles of fluff and the wild adventures began. Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens stars Scheuer's backyard chickens -- with their big personalities, friendships, rivalries, and secrets -- and the flock's guardian, Marky the terrier. The flock includes Hatsy, the little dynamo; Lil'White, the deranged and twisted Buff Orpington; Pigeon, the fixer-upper chicken; and Lucy, the special-needs hen that bonds with Lauren and becomes a fast friend…
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: Care Feeding Facilities by Gail Damerow. Choosing a breed -- Fowl disposition -- Shelter -- Feed and water -- Routine management -- Healthcare -- Laying-hen management -- Eggs for eating -- Managing a breeder flock -- Hatching eggs -- Chick care -- Exhibiting your chickens -- Managing meat birds -- Meat on the table.
  • Raising Chickens for Dummies by Kimberly Willis with Rob Ludlow.  Presents a guide to caring for chickens on a small scale, including purchasing a starter flock, housing, feeding, care, and raising the animal for specific purposes such as food.
  • The Long Night of White Chickens by Francisco Goldman.  This rich, embellished debut novel, which brings together Guatemalan and American culture, focuses on the murder of Flor, the head of an orphanage in Guatemala. When she was young, Flor had been sent to work as a maid for a family in Boston. There she befriended the family's only child, Roger Graetz. While trying to uncover the facts surrounding Flor's death, Roger recounts the elaborate events of his family life, giving us an engrossing and colorful picture of American and Guatemalan culture. Flor is an appealing character whom the author uses successfully to ignite our curiosity about Guatemalan culture and reflections on our own private lives.
  • Still Life With Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea by Catherine Goldhammer.  It was never meant to be a farm -- A little cosmic je ne sais quois -- Chickens of the mind -- Actual chickens -- The ark -- Guardians -- What I left behind -- In the beginning -- Chickens on trial -- Ova -- The window -- Transformations -- Chickens in winter -- If you can see the ocean -- Summer-fall-winter-spring -- Zen chickens -- Dragonfly farm.
  • The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane Auch.  Henrietta the chicken loves to read so much that she decides to write a book herself, but first no one will publish a book written by a chicken, and then, when she publishes it herself and it gets a terrible review in "The Corn Book, " Henrietta is devastated.
  • Max Counts His Chickens by Rosemary Wells.  On Easter morning, when Ruby finds all ten of the marshmallow chicks hidden by the Easter Bunny, Grandma must quickly think of a way to make things fair for Max.
  • Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman.  Six days a week the chickens help the Greenstalk family and their animals recover from mishaps that occur on the farm, but they need one day to rest.
  • Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski; illustrated by Henry Cole.  While trying to escape from a wolf, four frightened chickens keep getting themselves into the very predicaments they are trying to avoid.
  • Chicks & Chickens by Gail Gibbons.  An introduction to the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of chickens, as well as a discussion of how chickens are raised on farms.
  • When Chickens Grow Teeth: A Story From the French of Guy de Maupassant retold and illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin.  A cafe keeper in a small French village cannot escape from his wife's silly plan to have him hatch eggs in the bed to which he is confined.

Adult Programs:

Essential Oils 101 | June 15, 2019|10:30 AM |Presenter: Lindsey Fitzgerald. Essential Oils are totally pure, with no fillers or synthetic products, just plants. There are over a million uses for essential oils and you don't need to be an aroma therapist to use them! Join us for a fun, FREE class to learn the basics of essential oils and how to use them to improve your wellness!

Oil Painting with Wilson Bickford | June 19, 2019 | 5:30-9:00PM. Wilson Bickford will guide participants of all skill levels through the creation of a beautiful landscape oil painting. Participants in the June class at the Canton Free Library will be painting "High Peaks".

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. A $50 supply fee, payable upon arrival, covers the cost of all supplies; just bring your creative self! To register please call Wilson at: 315-287-4514

Children’s Programs:

Most of Canton Free Library’s children's programming will take a break in June so that Ms. Val can host visits with local elementary school students. This break includes Baby, Toddler, and Preschool Storytimes, as well as Books & Beyond and Tween Time. Please note that the Junior Writers will meet on Thursday, June 13th.

The fun will resume on July 9th as part of our Summer Library Program! Pick up a calendar and be sure to register children ages 18 months-12 years old by June 24th in the Children's Room, by calling 315-386-3712 ext 4, or emailing vwhite@ncls.org!

Registration deadline for Canton Summer Library Program for birth-12 years is June 24th!

The Summer Library Program - A Universe of Stories! - will begin the second week of July and continue for four weeks. Children ages newborn-12 years are invited to register to join us for great books, crafts, games, music, and lots of summertime fun!

The schedule for programs will be:

• Newborn-17 months with a caregiver meet at 10:00 am on Tuesdays.

• 18- 35 months with a caregiver meet at 10:00 am on Thursdays.

•3 and 4 year olds with a caregiver meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 am.                                  

•5 and 6 year olds meet on Tuesdays at 1 pm.

•7 and 8 year olds meet on Tuesdays at 3 pm.

•9 to 12 year olds meet on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.

•Special all-ages events on Thursdays at 2:00 pm! This year we will offer Didgeridoo Down Under, fun music by Nan Hoffman, our “Books at the Beach” event at Taylor Park, and the Annual Summer Library Pet Show! Please join us!

Registration for ALL summer age group sessions with the exception of newborn-17month olds is required and space is limited. Please go to https://www.cantonfreelibrary.org/children/summer or visit the Children’s Room at the library to pick up a calendar.

Teen Programs:

Anime Club. Join us on Friday evenings from 5-7 to experience anime both old school and contemporary. Currently watching Attack on Titan.

Casuals Wielding Dice: Join Dave Crowell Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 5pm on Wednesdays for epic adventures through a variety of different tabletop games!

Chess Club: meets on Mondays from 5-7. All skill levels welcome.

Game Club now runs on Mondays from 3-5pm. Stop in at the library and try your hand at any of our multitude of games!

Nerd Club is once again being held at Canton High School! If you know a high school student who might be interested, direct them to the library conference room on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:20.

Hours: Canton Free Library (phone: 315 386 3712) is open Monday 9:30am - 8pm, Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm, Wednesday 9:30am - 8pm, Thursday 9:30am -5pm, Friday 9:30am -5pm, and Saturdays from 10am -3pm. Please note that the book drop remains open 24/7 for returns. Rensselaer Falls Branch Library (phone: 315 344 7406) is open Monday 4pm-6pm, and Wednesday and Friday from 3pm -6pm. Morley Branch Library (phone: 315 379 0066) is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1pm - 4pm.  

For more CFL news, “like” the library page on Facebook.  Find new additions to our collection on our website: cantonfreelibrary.org. To renew your current checkouts, login to ncls.org; you may also renew via email at canlib@ncls.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712.

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