The Tyrone-Snyder Public Library recently had a chance to participate in a great new program developed by Jody Wallace, the outreach coordinator for the Blair County Conservation District (your kids might have seen Jody at school, where she’s better known as the Creature Teacher). What’s Hatching at Your Library? is a program that lets kids see chicken eggs being hatched right in the library. Only one of our 12 eggs hatched (I was upset and worried that we did something wrong, but Jody assured me that you never quite know what’s going to happen with chicken eggs), but what an amazing experience to see this little chick push its way out of its shell.
Being born is really hard work, and it took the chick about two hours of pushing and resting before it finally came out of its shell.
Finally the chick shook the last of its shell off, and we had a full-fledged baby chicken!
The chick stayed in the library for two days following its birth, and we had a birthday party for it on Wednesday complete with cake and singing. You’d think this kind of attention would be too much for a tiny baby bird, but since it never knew any other chickens, it imprinted on people and loves human attention.
Today Jody brought the chick back for a little visit, and it’s been a treat watching it interact with some of the kids at the library. I just watched a toddler have a conversation with the chick, and it was riveted by the little boy speaking.
This was definitely one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced as a librarian, and I really wish we could keep this little bugger as a mascot at the library. I hope next summer we can try to hatch a whole flock of library chicks!