Participants in the Mabel Summer Reading program listen attentively as Katie Wiste talks about her two goats. DAVID STOEGER/NEWS-RECORD
Participants in the Mabel Summer Reading program listen attentively as Katie Wiste talks about her two goats. DAVID STOEGER/NEWS-RECORD
The summer reading program at the Mabel Public Library is getting ready to wrap up for the season – but not without several interesting programs.
“It’s been going very well. We’ve had a nice crowd each time – the kids have been good, they have participated and they are excited. What more can you ask for?” said Betty Holty, summer reading program co-coordinator.
On Tuesday, Aug. 5, about a dozen area children had the chance to learn about goats and the art of cheese making from Black Hammer cheese-maker Katie Wiste. Wiste brought two of her goats to the library for the children to pet, handle and enjoy – along with explaining to them her love for the animals and making cheese from their milk.
According to a report by Craig Moorhead and published in the Spring Grove Herald, Wiste majored in Italian Studies at the University of Minnesota with a minor in food science. She spent eight months in Italy in 2010 as part of that experience. After completing her first year of college, she also made two trips to Vermont, enrolling in the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese.
Some of the reading program events this season included a presentation by author Anita Amdahl Elco, author of “Who’s In That Shell?” and Marcie Jenson of Spring Grove who brought service dogs by for a visit.
Still coming up on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 9:30 a.m. is a presentation by local youth Tanner Marquart and his love for donkeys.
The final event as part of the summer reading program will be a presentation by the Minnesota Historical Society as an actor impersonates legendary Minnesota author Maud Loveless. This will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Loveless is best known for writing the “Betsy Tracy” series of children’s books. The event will be held at the city park, starting at 4 p.m.
A drawing will be held at the Historical Society presentation for tickets to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum. The presentation is being funded by SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating).