MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. The Mount Kisco Public Library has nine newly hatched baby chicks living in its children's room.
Each one is named after a character in a children's book, said Deirdre Johnson, the library's youth services director.
The chicks hatched on Thursday, 22 days after the library received the eggs from the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Valhalla, Johnson said. Nancy Caswell, the center's educator, provides eggs, incubating equipment and information to schools and families throughout the county.
"The chicks are getting big. They are starting to get tail feathers already," Johnson said.
The library has scheduled three special baby-chick story times before the end of the week, when the growing chicks will be sent to live at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture , a nonprofit farm and education center in Pocantino Hills.
Librarians have chosen a number of picture and nonfiction books for the story times: "Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!" by George Shannon, "Interrupting Chicken" by David Stein, "Tilly Lays an Egg" by Terry Golson, "Little Chick" by Amy Hest and "An Egg Is Quiet" by Dianna Aston.
The library's regular Wednesday and Thursday 11:15 a.m. story times will be chick-themed, and a special additional story time is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday.
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