Presentation Title

3C: Hatching a Library Program: Chick hatching at the Merritt Library

Session Length

45 minutes

Location

IB 1008

Start Date

27-4-2020 2:15 PM

End Date

27-4-2020 3:00 PM

Abstract

In spring 2019, the Merritt Library hosted our first chick hatching program and we would love to share our successful experience. This session will be designed to help other branches determine if this could be a good fit for their community and learn from our first experience.

Ros Duclos and Meg Gregory will be presenting on the chick hatching program including how it started, why it worked, what we learned, and where we’re going from here. Ros will start by explaining the nature of chickens and chick hatching as well as how the conversation started. From there, Meg will discuss the details and preparation needed to ensure the program’s success in a library setting. We'll discuss various aspects of the program such as preparing social media posts and connecting this program to existing ones. We learned a lot and there were some surprises. For example, patrons were so excited to meet and cuddle the chicks that we found it necessary to enforce afternoon naptime for the fluffy youngsters. From the success of this program, we are now planning a library Giving Garden that will share the same focus on understanding and engaging with nature, something we know is being lost in communities of all sizes.

Chick hatching worked in Merritt because it was a great match to our community members. We would love to share our experience and lead an activity to encourage others to find something unique for their community.

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Apr 27th, 2:15 PM Apr 27th, 3:00 PM

3C: Hatching a Library Program: Chick hatching at the Merritt Library

IB 1008

In spring 2019, the Merritt Library hosted our first chick hatching program and we would love to share our successful experience. This session will be designed to help other branches determine if this could be a good fit for their community and learn from our first experience.

Ros Duclos and Meg Gregory will be presenting on the chick hatching program including how it started, why it worked, what we learned, and where we’re going from here. Ros will start by explaining the nature of chickens and chick hatching as well as how the conversation started. From there, Meg will discuss the details and preparation needed to ensure the program’s success in a library setting. We'll discuss various aspects of the program such as preparing social media posts and connecting this program to existing ones. We learned a lot and there were some surprises. For example, patrons were so excited to meet and cuddle the chicks that we found it necessary to enforce afternoon naptime for the fluffy youngsters. From the success of this program, we are now planning a library Giving Garden that will share the same focus on understanding and engaging with nature, something we know is being lost in communities of all sizes.

Chick hatching worked in Merritt because it was a great match to our community members. We would love to share our experience and lead an activity to encourage others to find something unique for their community.