AMBOY – National Agriculture Week, March 19-25, and National Ag Day, March 21, came and left.
But it didn’t happen without being recognized, honored, and the Pankhurst Memorial Library in Amboy receiving its yearly book donation from the Lee County Farm Bureau Young Leader Committee.
“We have been donating books for 13 years. We make a different book selection every year,” said Danelle Burrs, Lee County Farm Bureau manager. “For the last 12 years, we’ve donated children’s books that we have selected from the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom book selection.
“Ted Genoways’ book came up when the Illinois Farm Bureau hosted a book club last year.
“This book was used. It was an adult book geared toward adults, which was something we hadn’t done before. We thought this would be a good book to donate this year to offer a book to the adult library in addition to the children’s libraries that we’ve done for the last 12 years.”
The Ted Genoways’ work that was donated to libraries in Amboy, Paw Paw, Ashton, Franklin, and Dixon is called “This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm.”
The book was published in September of 2017 and tells a story of the struggles, triumphs, corporate issues, national debates, and family emergence on a family farm in Nebraska.
“The book donation is one small thing that we do during National Agriculture Week,” Burrs said. “Donating a book is our way of celebrating Agriculture Week and supporting our communities as well.”