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Book Review: Full of Beans - Henry Ford Grows a Car and A Home Run for Peanuts

By John Rodgers

While 2020 may finally be in the past, there are still a couple months of winter yet to come. As families look forward to the warmer weather ahead, readers of all ages can get a jump start on springtime by checking out a pair of farming-related titles from their local Sequoyah Regional Library System (SRLS) branch. Better yet, these books have been graciously donated to more than 400 libraries in the state by local Georgia partners for all to enjoy.

The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture and the Georgia EMC, in partnership with each county Farm Bureau in the state, have donated multiple copies of the children’s book Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car by Peggy Thomas to SRLS in an effort to promote agricultural literacy. The title introduces readers to the variety of products that can be made using soybeans and how inventor Henry Ford played a vital role. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture selected this book as its 2020 Book of the Year, citing its accurate and positive portrayal of agriculture.

SRLS has also recently added copies of A Home Run for Peanuts by Amanda Radke, which were donated by the Georgia Peanut Commission on behalf of Georgia’s local peanut farmers. Families who borrow this title will enjoy an illustrated tour of a peanut farm while learning about the importance of peanuts and agriculture in society. Whether they’re excited for a taste of agricultural history or simply eager to begin some springtime gardening of their own, SRLS cardholders are encouraged to seek out these books during their next library visit.

Readers who haven’t used their library card in a while will be delighted to hear that borrowed items now automatically renew when their due date arrives. When items are renewed, library users will automatically receive an email or text message with their new due date. Hopefully, that will be one less item for the to-do list in 2021!