Let’s count our chickens!
At Bethlehem Public Library, we’re counting our chickens as they hatch this June – and you can too!
For our “Incubation Eggsperiment,” we’ll be hatching a brood of chicks inside the library and live-streaming their progress through the Chick Cam featured on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
Environmental educator George Steele will drop by Saturday, June 1 at 3 p.m. to get things started with a “Meet the Chickens” program for kids and families.
This is your chance to meet a rooster and a hen and learn about how the egg incubator in the Children’s Place works. The Chick Cam will go live the following Monday.
On Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. Steele will return for the second part of the “eggsperiment.”
At the “Inside the Egg” program, he will show everyone how to candle the eggs to take a look at how the embryos are developing.
Then the waiting begins as we gently rotate and tend to the eggs. Those watching the livestream will know things are getting close when hairline cracks appear as the chicks start pecking their way out.
Once they hatch, the chicks will hang around for a week or so before heading to the farm. Everyone is invited to record the progress of the eggs and post photos on Twitter and Facebook using #bplchickens.
The library would like to thank voters for approving the $4.06 million budget levy for 2019-20 on Tuesday, May 21, with an 84 percent approval rate. Your widespread support has allowed us to continue offering and improving the programs, services, materials and community spaces you’ve told us you’re looking for.
Voters on Tuesday also elected newcomer Michelle Walsh to a five-year term on the board of trustees. We welcome her to the board, and would like to remind everyone that our board meetings, which typically take place on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m., are always open to the public.
— Kristen Roberts