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Library Dedicates Books to Reading Therapy Dogs

If you stop by Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA on a given day, you might run into two very special visitors: Dascha and Jack, the library’s two dedicated reading therapy dogs. Along with their handlers, these loyal pups participate in the library’s Ruff’s Pack Readers program, which promotes literacy and a lifelong love of learning in its young patrons. Ruff, the Mutt-i-gree puppet and library’s mascot, loves spending time with his furry friends!  As a special thank you to Jack, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and Dascha, a long-haired Dachshund, the library purchased several children’s books featuring the two breeds that are now in circulation:

  • Stella & Tulip A Home for Us by Willa Gold
  • The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey
  • Hot Dog Cold Dog by Frann Preston-Gannon
  • A Beach Day for Hannah by Linda Petrie Bunch
  • A Snow Day for Hannah by Linda Petrie Bunch

To learn more about how Herr Memorial Library is participating in our Mutt-i-grees in the Library initiative and to see what other libraries are doing to promote social and emotional learning via the human-animal bond, please visit

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