Occupation: Student

Why do you come to the library? To get books on chickens! To get books on rocks and minerals.

What do you geek? Chickens!

Lawrence Library geeks chickens, too! We have lots of nonfiction books about chickens, including "Chicken" by Victoria Huseby, which tells you about the life cycle of the chicken, from an egg to a full-grown hen. We also have books about raising and taking care of chickens, such as "Chickens" by Camilla de la Bedoyere, which is shelved in the children's room. Adults may prefer "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: Care, Feeding, Facilities" by Gail Damerow.

Chicken enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy "Extraordinary Chickens" by Stephen Green-Armytage; this book is full of beautiful photos of unique chicken breeds, none of which look like your typical brown barnyard clucker. These birds have extravagant plumage, and may make you think twice about what you think you know about poultry.

There are also lots of wonderful fictional books about chickens. You can find "The Little Red Hen" and "Henny Penny" shelved with our fairy tales, and some new classics in the picture book section. "Blue Chicken" by Deborah Freedman tells the story of a chicken who tries to help but ends up a little more paint-spattered than she had anticipated. The "Minerva Louise" series by Janet Morgan Stoeke focuses on a hen who just doesn't understand the way people do things; she takes things very literally, much like the popular (human) character, Amelia Bedelia.


Movie lovers may prefer Disney's "Chicken Little," which is a re-imagining of the classic fairy tale, or "Chicken Run," in which a group of chickens is determined to escape their barnyard existence.

We also have a new series of graphic novels about a chicken superhero known as Kung Pow Chicken. Book one, "Let's Get Cracking!" was released in January, with new titles coming out in the next few months.

The library can help everyone explore the things they geek. For information, or if you are interested in being the Geek of the Week, stop by Lawrence Library.