Building Ag Knowledge with Books

Posted: December 18, 2023

Books donated to school libraries for 23rd year

Area donors have once again helped DeKalb County Farm Bureau add to the treasure available in local school libraries. This fall, six new food and farm-related children’s books were donated to schools. This yearly program enables students to gain knowledge of agriculture as they hone their reading skills.

Malta Elementary students got the first peak at the new books and met some of this year’s sponsors. Shown are (from left) Justin Wassmann, Conserv FS; Dior Torres, kindergarten student; Lena Smith, 3rd grade student; Tim Funfsinn, Resource Bank; Joseph Migliorato, 4th grade student; Tracy Coyle, library media assistant; Lidya Keding, 2nd grade student; and Jim Kuppler, Resource Bank.

School libraries received “Farm Boots,” by Lisl H. Detlefsen; “I Am Temple Grandin,” by Brad Meltzer; “I Love Strawberries,” by Shannon Anderson; “My Grandpa, My Tree, and Me,” by Roxanne Troup; “Potatoes,” by Jennifer Concepcion; and “Revolutionary Red Tractors,” by Lee Klancher & Katie Free.

Donations of books to DeKalb County school libraries were initiated in 2002. Since then, 129 agriculture-related titles have been donated for a total of 4,140 books.

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.