Have you ever longed for a way to combine your love of learning about chickens with your love of visiting the library? This is Austin, Texas, so odds are that the answer to that question is yes. Well, hold onto your hats because the Austin Public Library and the Funky Chicken Coop Tour have your family covered with their free Chickens in the Library events!


Contributing writer, Quel Dennie from HomeGirl Blog went to one of last year’s Chickens in the Library event. It was her son’s first time meeting chickens, and they had an awesome time!

“It was my son’s first time meeting chickens; it was my first time seeing so any varieties of chickens in one place. I drove past many story times from Cedar Park to downtown for that full-circle learning experience for my son and it was worth it. We sang songs, we got to feel bad for the chickens who got outsmarted by the foxes in one classic story, we got to feel happy for another chicken who outsmarted the fox in another, then we got to feel actual chickens! It was our most eventful story time to date.”



Saturday, March 29 -> 1 – 4 pm
Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr.

Over a dozen breeds of chickens will be on display, with an educational presentation by each breeder/owner.

Saturday, April 12 -> 2 pm
Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr.

Community Gardens on Public Land
Join Meredith Gray with the Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens program, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, for a discussion about how to find land, how to apply for City endorsement and how to partner with a nonprofit sponsor for your community garden.

Saturday, April 19 -> 10:30 am & 12 pm
Sunshine Community Gardens, 4814 Sunshine Dr.

Enjoy storytime featuring chicken stories and songs with Elizabeth Murphy, Austin Public Library Youth Librarian.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 512-974-7400, visit library.austintexas.gov or Ask A Librarian.

– Ava

Ava Love Hanna is a writer, performer, and mother of a super awesome 6-year-old. She loves exploring Austin’s best kid-friendly places with her husband and son. Read about her adventures in writing, parenting, and being obsessed with Doctor Who at avalovehanna.com.