posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in East Region News
This past Wednesday, the Crawfordsville Public District Library had two piglets visit their evening summer reading program for Piglet Story Time. Over 40 kids and 20 adults came to the library to hear children’s librarian, Jane Gallagher, read two pig stories, interact with piglets and complete pig crafts.
It was a team effort to bring this activity to the library, as AMVC Crawfordsville provided the piglets and Indiana Pork supplied the educational materials. AMVC public relations coordinator, Alicia Humphrey, organized the program to better educate area children on where their pork comes from.
“It’s important for the next generation to learn that pigs are raised for meat and we have pig farmers that care for them. We brought the pigs to the kids, instead of the kids visiting the farm,” commented Humphrey.
There was a lot of excitement in the room,as the children anxiously awaited their turn to hold a piglet. It was many of the kids first time petting a piglet.
“This program was successful and a very positive experience. The kids loved meeting the piglets and were receptive to the stories,” commented Gallagher.
Lindsey White and her daughter Abby love attending the library programs. This was Abby’s first time petting a piglet and her favorite part of the evening was hearing the piglet snort. “They are so hairy and adorable,” said Abby White with a smile.
Six-year old, Joseph Zuk, added, “They are so cute.”
AMVC enjoys educating the next generation about pig farming and being a resource. Each child went home with a pig farm visit coloring book, bookmark and pig keychain. The piglets were donated to a local family after the event.
AMVC Crawfordsville is a 10,000 head sow farm located seven miles east of the library and employs over 30 people in the community. AMVC Management Services is headquartered in Audubon, Iowa, and manages 115,000 sows across seven states.
- ag education