Librarian of the Month: Amanda Lotito
This month’s featured Mutt-i-grees librarian is Amanda Lotito, Youth Services Librarian from the Lindenhurst Memorial Library in Lindenhurst, NY.
Amanda works with the library’s Young Adult Council, which has enthusiastically embraced Mutt-i-grees programming. The teen group sponsored a pet food drive for the Babylon Animal Shelter and has created bulletin boards with the themes “What is a Mutt-i-gree?” and “Shelter Animal Awareness.”
The Library is planning an upcoming program called “Pet Craft Buddies,” where teens and children will work together to read stories about animals, play with Walter (the library’s Mutt-i-gree puppet), and create dog and cat crafts. They will also create their own Mutt-i-gree puppet. The library is also planning a Mutt-i-grees Movie Night for the summer and would like to hold a creative writing workshop: “Each Dog Has a Story” this fall.
Amanda says that her community has responded positively to Mutt-i-grees programming. She explains, “The Lindenhurst Community is very generous during our annual pet food drive. They are supportive of efforts to promote awareness of shelter animals. The Young Adult Council has been very enthusiastic! We are creating a book display at next month’s meeting with the theme they voted on: “Your Best Friend is Waiting,” which will highlight books about dogs and cats.”
The flexibility of the activity plans makes Mutt-i-grees programming easy to implement. Amanda adds, “You can use Mutt-i-grees in the Library to support what you are already doing well in your library. It adds an extra dimension to your programming while raising awareness about adoptable pets.”
Keep up the great work, Amanda!