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Don't miss out on seeing sheep shearing at library

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Submitted by Gail Borden Public Library

Bring the family to see sheep shearing at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Library, 2751 W. Bowes Road, Elgin.

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Amelia, a 12-year-old Type A Merino ewe from Cozy Hollow Farm, will be slowly sheared by hand on the lawn of the branch using old-fashioned hand shears. Her wool will then be sent off to be professionally cleaned and carded.

Cozy Hollow is a fiber farm in Northern Illinois that started raising twin Type A Merino ewes, a rare breed, in the early 2000s. Today the farm has expanded to Shetland Sheep, a breed with wonderful easy-to-spin wool, great colors and inquisitive personalities. Cozy Hollow farmers enjoy every aspect of sheep keeping, from the daily animal chores to knitting with the farm's handspun yarn.

The program also offers a story and a woolly craft. No registration is necessary to attend. In case of rain, the program will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12.

The program is being held in anticipation of Gail Borden Library's READ on the Wild Side! summer reading program. Registration for summer reading begins May 15 in person at the main library or Rakow Branch or online at www.gailborden.info.

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