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Kan. library draws crowd with hog butchering event

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- Forget story hour.

A library in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park drew a crowd of more than 100 people Saturday with a hog butchering event. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/RR3AHU ) says experts from a meat company called The Local Pig put on the two-hour Books & Butchers presentation.

They also talked about the local food movement and humanely raised meats.

Jennifer Zimmerman owns a small farm in Gardner. She says she burst out laughing when she saw the headline for the event on the library's website.

But she was glad she came, calling the experience "absolutely helpful."

Library officials say the event was part of an effort to remain relevant in the age of the Internet. Ideas for future classes include home-brewing and organic gardening.