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Hocking Puts the C in Community

As in caterpillar. And a very hungry one at that.

hungry cat

In case you missed the Water Tower Festival parade last week, The Very Hungry Caterpillar float created by Hocking won first place. Almost immediately after the parade, I received a text from Jack Beery wondering if we wanted to adopt the caterpillar and the beautiful butterfly he turns into.

Uhm, yes! He’s gorgeous. Someone put a ton of work into him, and it would be a tragedy to tear such an iconic character apart. Also, is anything more awesome than community looking out for community? I love partnering with area businesses, organizations, and individuals for any reason. Bringing a hungry critter to the library to delight patrons of all ages seems like one of the best reasons.

Even before he was unloaded, wide-eyed little ones were giddy with excitement.

Of course, we are too.

This blog post, and the joy you will find visiting our new friend, was made possible by Eric Carle and the wonderfully talented staff at Hocking. No caterpillars were harmed in the making of this post.




Meinders Community Library is a combined school and public library that serves the residents of Pipestone County in Southwestern Minnesota. It is part of the Plum Creek Library System.