posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Central Region News
The second full week in April is National Library Week; a time to recognize the impact libraries have in the community and celebrate the people who make the libraries successful.
To celebrate the week, AMVC asked their employees to nominate their local library and share why their library is the best. Libraries receiving nominations were given pig related books and a donation to enhance the library, as libraries are often faced with a limited budget.
In this area, the Audubon Public Library and Exira Public Library were among the libraries nominated from across the AMVC system.
Eric Konecne, AMVC employee at Currituck Sow in Hamlin, nominated the Exira Public Library, saying, “My family really enjoys the Exira Public Library because they have a great selection of books for all ages. They have done a great job renovating the library and have lots of activities for the kids.”
With AMVC’s addition of five new children’s non-fiction pig related books to the libraries’ shelves, more children will have access to books about modern agriculture. The new stories share a glimpse into the swine industry with content detailing a visit to a pig farm, how pig farmers care of their pigs and the role of veterinarians. In addition, AMVC made cash donations to each library to help with their programming or buy additional books.
Rick Christensen, AMVC sow farm manager at Multi-Pig in Audubon, delivered the donations to the Audubon Public Library with his family and was proud to help give back to the community where he lives and works. In Audubon, the donation will be used to purchase more farm animal stories, as the children really enjoy those types of stories, added Gail Richardson, Director of the Audubon Public Library.
“These donations will help our youth become more ag-literate, as well as, provide access to additional farm animal resources in local libraries. We are really proud to give to causes our employees cherish and we know our local libraries will continue to do great things with the donation,” added AMVC public relations coordinator, Alicia Humphrey.
AMVC strives to help keep the community prospering by recognizing and investing in activities community members enjoy. Libraries are what keep our communities strong; giving families a place to bring their children to learn and spend time reading.
Director of the Exira Public Library, Jessie Wheeler, was very gracious and surprised to get a donation to kick off National Library Week, “We appreciate those who think of the library and want to make a donation, as our library is an important part of our small community.”
AMVC also made a similar donation to the Gibson Memorial Library in Creston, Iowa.