Area children will have a chance to see and even pet a variety of baby farm animals this weekend at the Alpena County Library.
The library will host its annual Baby Farm Animal Day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bunnies and chicks are the most popular animals scheduled to appear, and there may even be lambs or a calf as well.
Walgreen's of Alpena will be on hand to take photos of the children, and the Huron Humane Society will bring a few animals as well.
Assistant Director Jeanne Ludlow said the library has hosted this program for over 20 years.
"It's always fun to welcome spring by sharing these baby animals with the children," Ludlow said. "Karen Zbtowski and her family are a big help to us in arranging to basically turn the library into a barnyard for a few hours. When the little ones see the baby animals for the first time, it's magical."
Ludlow also said that most of the visitors end their visit by checking out stories and non-fiction about animals.
"The excitement of seeing the animals leads to questions, and that leads to curiosity and book check outs," Ludlow said. "It's a nice way to build a reading community."
Baby Farm Animal Day is free and open to the public.