Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”
For the North Smithfield Library the answer is a chicken , courtesy of an educator/breeder from Historic New England’s Casey Farm who recently taught children and their families a little about the life cycle of Henrietta, a Rhode Island Red chicken that accompanied her. The farm is helping to preserve the old and rare Dominique breed and the library is playing a role in this goal. According to Youth Services Librarian Renee Bichan, the library has agreed to monitor the incubation process of 18 eggs, 16 of which hope to produce Dominiques.
If you’d like to see the hatching progress, visit the children’s room. The chicks should start breaking through their shells with the next few days. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday. Call 767-2780 for more information.