Down on the farm — at the Dundee Library
By Erin Sauder For The Courier-News June 6, 2012 7:26PM
Noah Laffrey, 5, of Gilberts (in wheel) finds a comfortable spot on a tractor during “Farm Day” Wednesday at the Dundee Township Library in East Dundee. Children of all ages had a chance to visit live animals, touch a tractor, and take pony rides through the woods of Library Springs (right behind the library). June 6, 2012 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 8, 2012 6:51PM
EAST DUNDEE — Kids got to get up-close and personal with more than just books and puzzles Wednesday at the Dundee Township Public Library.
During the “Farm Day” event, children got to pet a baby goat, pig and ducks, ride ponies, make crafts, touch a tractor and play games in the library parking lot.
“He’s loving the ducks,” said nanny Nicole Hurley of her charge, 3-year-old Ryan. “And the pig. He’s been talking about this for the last few days.”
Lake in the Hills resident Katrina Drudge brought her children, Justin, Haley and Callie.
“It’s hard to find fun free things for kids to do, especially something that appeals to all three ages,” Drudge said.
“So it’s great the library put this on. The library always puts on lots of great events for kids.”
Justin Drudge was especially excited about the pig he got to pet.
“It looks cool,” he said.
The animals were brought to the library from the Hampshire-based Pioneer Farm.
Farm hand Andy Godwin got to spend the morning with a baby goat on his lap for children to pet.
“(Kids) really seem to love these (events),” Godwin said.
And the animals enjoy the attention, he said.
“If they weren’t here, they’d just be back at the farm,” he said.
Streamwood resident Jamie Vodvarka brought her son, Cole, 2, to Farm Day.
“A friend of mine told me about it,” she said. “I teach in Algonquin, so we try to do a lot of activities in this area.”
Cole was especially excited about one animal.
“Duck!” he said. “Look at the duck!”
The horses, on the other hand, not so much.
“He likes horses, but he didn’t want to ride one,” Vodvarka said.
Seattle resident Jennifer Storm and her son are visiting family in the area and attended with Storm’s sister-in-law.
“We had a fantastic time,” Storm said. “My little guy really liked checking out the tractor.”
Heidi Hohman, head of the children’s department at the library, said this was the second time the animals were hosted.
“Farm Day is one of the most successful children’s events at the Dundee Public Library,” she said. “We have local farmers participate so children can learn about farm animals and farm equipment.”