OGDEN -- "You'll never guess what happened last night," said Heidi Philpot, assistant specialist in youth services at the Main Branch of the Weber County Library. "Chickens were running everywhere, all over the library. They laid eggs everywhere, and we need your help to find them."
No, the library doesn't double as a chicken coop after hours. Philpot was introducing an egg hunt that was part of the Barnless Barnyard Bash, held at the main branch Monday night. Children searched for prize-filled eggs hidden in the youth services section of the library.
Children were given farmer bandannas when they entered the downstairs classroom that had been decorated with cornstalks and pumpkins. Philpot read barnyard-themed books, and guests were encouraged to dance to the fiddle music played by Hot Apple Pie. An animal-sound competition was held, and apple pie and apple juice were served as snacks.
Rachel Hatch, of Ogden, said she is grateful for the events the library hosts.
"We are here once a week for the discovery time. We just love all the programs that they offer here at the library. We've been coming since we moved to the Ogden area. We've been very pleased with our experience here and very grateful for the librarians and for the time they take to really make the programs great for the kids."
Hatch also shared why she thinks events like Barnyard Bash are important.
"I think it helps the families to feel connected to the community. It also helps bring literacy into the home when they (librarians) share books that are related to topics that are interesting to children. It helps them (children) to gain that love of reading and to see that reading can be fun."
Debbie Morgan, from Washington Terrace, said she enjoys watching her grandson, Tytan Clark, 3, have fun at library events.
"I enjoy coming with him. It's a good learning experience for him. It's just a lot of fun."
Tytan said his favorite barnyard animal is a goat. Tytan also tied for first place with two other boys during the animal-sound competition.
Philpot said the library does several family fun nights every year, but they wanted to do something related to the fall harvest for this event, and decided on a barnyard theme. She also said one of the fiddlers in Hot Apple Pie is her friend, so the group offered to play for the Barnless Barnyard Bash.
"We thought it would be a fun experience for the kids to hear that kind of music and to think about farm life and farm animals," Philpot said. Events like this "bring the public in, and they can experience things that they wouldn't otherwise."
For a full list of library programs, visit the library calendar page at: http://www.weberpl.lib.ut.us/events/calendar.