Library Carnival on Monday!

Did you get to go to the Monroe County Fair this year? We hope you stopped by the library's booth, went on our mini jungle walk and pet our giant stuffed orangutan! You can visit with the orangutan this Monday night between 6 and 7:30 pm. He will be welcoming everyone to our Library Carnival in Meeting Rooms 1A, B and C. We'll have games, prizes and ice cream treats for you to enjoy. And it's all free -- thanks to the Friends of the Library!

But we won't have any real animals at our carnival. My favorite part of the County Fair is visiting the farm animals and petting the rabbits and goats. I even got to pet a chicken this year that one 4-H participant was holding while we walked through the poultry barn. I am always amazed at the astonishing variety of chickens there are!

You can meet a collection of real chickens who live at Little Pond Farm in the story Tillie Lays an Egg by Terry Golson. The author worked with photographer Ben Fink to reveal where Tillie the hen has laid her egg during each day of the week. We'll look for the eggs hidden on each page of this creative picturebook and enjoy other entertaining chicken tales during our Tuesday Tales storytime, 10-10:30 am on August 2. The story, Tillie Lays an Egg is recommended for children ages 4-8, but children ages 2-6 are encouraged to attend our storytime, and younger children are welcome, as well.

In the meantime (or anytime), you can watch the comings and goings of the chickens and other animals who live at Little Pond Farm in Massachusetts via the Hen Cam at www.hencam.com