Agriculture – Read all about it!

Posted: November 11, 2022

Books Donated to School Libraries

DeKalb County Farm Bureau and generous area donors have helped grow young minds. By providing food and farm-related children’s books to school libraries, this program enables students to practice their reading skills while simultaneously gaining knowledge of agriculture.

At Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary, a series of new ag-related books were given to the library from the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Ag Literacy Program. Shown are book sponsors with HBR students and staff. (From left) Taylor Gerber, Johnson Tractor; Olivia Jacobson, 4th grade student; Mrs. Deb Hervey, principal; Eric Shearer, Babson Farms; Josie and Grayson Willrett, Willrett Farms; Allie Clark, Bayer of Waterman; Rachel Willey, library assistant; Kris Aves, Aves Farm; and Nathan Kriesch, 5th grade student.

School libraries received “Barn at Night,” by Michelle Houts; “Big Tractors,” by Holly Dufek; “Chirp,” by Kate Messner; “Hero for the Hungry,” by Peggy Thomas; “Nacho’s Nachos,” by Sandra Nickel; and “Saturday at the Food Pantry,” by Diane O’Neill.

This year’s book donations to area schools bring the total to 123 titles provided since 2002.

Local sponsors make the donations of ag-related children’s books possible by providing funds needed for their purchase. Upon opening each donated book, readers will find a label recognizing the sponsor of that title.

A total of 150 books were distributed this fall, bringing the number donated since 2002 to 4,000 books.