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Librarian of the Month: Tracey DeShazo

This month’s featured librarian is Tracey DeShazo, Youth Services Librarian at the Silver Lake Library in Silver Lake, KS.

Tracey plans and leads programing for children ages 2 – 18 and is always looking for new ideas. When Kansas State Librarian Jo Budler first told her about the Mutt-i-grees program last fall, Tracey immediately looked it up and requested a kit. She loves the goals of Mutt-i-grees and quickly started planning how to implement it into all her programing.

Tracey has big plans for Mutt-i-grees at Silver Lake Library this year! She is working on a book display table with books about pets and animal picture books for everyone to check out. She’s also in the process of making a book bundle with Mutt-i-grees program ideas in it and several books that go with the program. This book bundle will be available to check out and use at home. Tracey is also planning a preschool story time dedicated to feelings and will have a local organization bring in a few shelter animals for children to see and touch.

This year’s summer reading theme is science and Tracey is planning an opening event with Helping Hands Humane Society and Fred the Preparedness Dog, the mascot for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Preparedness Program whose mission is to increase family and pet preparedness for all types of emergencies.

This summer Tracey will also be holding a teen program about volunteer work. One of the points will be volunteering for the animal shelters in her area. Tracey plans on offering Mutt-i-grees programming into the fall, as well.

Keep up the great work, Tracey!