Local author, cow hugger to speak at Burlingame Library friends’ annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Burlingame Community Library will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Schuyler Community Center, 218 W. Fremont, Burlingame.

Dinner of Swiss steak, baked potato, green beans, salad, dessert, dinner roll, coffee and tea, and will be served at 6 p.m. Reservations may be made until April 1 for $12 per plate at the library, 122 W. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame, or by mailing your name, phone number, and number of dinners to Friends of the Library, 133 W. Lincoln, Burlingame, KS 66413. Checks may be made to Friends of the Library.

Speaker for the evening will be Su Colstrom, an Osage City resident. She raises cattle and is a practicing physical therapist assistant and a certified masseuse, as well as an author. Brought up in a farming family, Colstrom began running the S&W Cattle Company about six years ago with her husband, Bill. It started with one bull calf in the backyard of her home and grew into a herd, eight strong, of registered Red Angus cows on a farm west of Osage City. She uses massage on her cows – particularly if they are pregnant – to help relax their muscles and ease stress.

Her chance to spend time around cattle again inspired her children’s book. It’s Hard to Hug a Cow is a children’s book about a registered Red Angus cow that is not just seen through the eyes of a human as a milk-producing, profit-making animal, but as a friend. It’s Hard to Hug a Cow starts out with realistic pencil drawings going to cartoon drawings with comedic intent during the anticipated act of hugging this adorable critter. This is a fun book for those who love farm animals, not to mention the registered Red Angus raisers. Books will be available for purchase at the meeting.

Colstrom will speak at approximately 7 p.m. No reservations are needed to attend the presentation only. Donations will be accepted to help with the costs of the evening.

For more information, contact librarian Sarah Worcester at the library, 785-654-3400, or Friends treasurer Judy Schwanz at 785-654-2486 and leave a message.

Information thanks to Friends of the Burlingame Community Library.


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