Going to the dogs!

Well, our first R.A.D (Reading Assistance Dogs) program at our Fairmount Branch Library went very well last Tuesday evening!  Several families had a chance to spend the evening reading to the dogs and everyone, both human and canine, had a great time.  We had three canine guests, Connor, Duke and Argus, whose day jobs are to serve the disabled.  All three dogs are members of P.A.W.’D. (Pups Assisting With the Disabled) and are all well behaved and love being with kids.

Our P.A.W.’D. guests will be visiting us again on the fourth Tuesday of every month at our Fairmount Branch Library from 6:30 to 7:30.  Their next visit will be on February 23rd.  We hope to see you there.  Woof!  Woof!

And don’t forget that on February 9th our friends from the Quad City Animal Welfare Center will be joining our Tuesday evening Family Story Time for another great “Waggin Tales” story time.  As always, Stacey will be bringing a furry friend with her who’s looking for a forever home.  Come check it out.

Since our Fairmount Branch Library is going to the dogs, so to speak, I thought I’d share with you some of the latest critter books to come into the library.

Our first book is an adorable board book for toddlers entitled Korky’s Puppy School by Cristiano Sorrentino.  Korky and his young owner go to school to learn all the important things puppies and owners should know.  The cheerful illustrations and straight-forward text would make this great book for first time puppy owners. Check it out.

In Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy, Fancy Nancy is back and she wants a puppy!  Not just any puppy, but a fancy Papillion like the neighbor lady has.  After all, a Papillion is a small, delicate, fluffy dog.  The ultimate accessory!   But after a day of puppy sitting with Papillion, Nancy discovers that being fancy is not always the most important thing.  Find out what kind of dog is fancy enough for Nancy in Jane O’Connor’s book “Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy”.

Everything For A Dog by Ann Martin is the story of three lonely souls, Bone, Charlie and Henry and how they find one another.   Each character tells his own story, but their stories connect in surprising ways.  Bone and his sister, Squirrel, are stray dogs born in a shed.  Left motherless as puppies, the two dogs survive together for a while, but are soon wrenched apart, and Bone must now go on alone.  Charlie is a boy who has suffered a terrible loss.  And, as he’s healing with the help of his dog, another tragedy occurs.  All Henry has wanted is a dog of his own, and now that his best friend has moved away, his parents still won’t let him.  Check it out and find out how the story ends.

– Tamra

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