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Mutt-i-grees in the Library Identifies Four National Exemplary Sites

The Mutt-i-grees team from North Shore Animal League America and Yale University’s School of the 21st Century is delighted to announce the designation of four Mutt-i-grees in the Library national demonstration sites, highlighting libraries, museums, and afterschool programs that are implementing Mutt-i-grees programming in fun and impactful ways. On the basis of the selection criteria described below, we have selected four inaugural sites for a two-year appointment, and will add up to four additional locations annually. The national demonstration sites selected this year are:

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850

Middle Country Public Library
101 Eastwood Blvd.
Centereach, NY 11720

Randall Library
19 Crescent Street
Stow, MA 01775

Herr Memorial Library
500 Market Street
Mifflinburg, PA 17844

Congratulations to these very deserving organizations and keep up all the great work you are doing to help children and Mutt-i-grees in your communities!

Selection Criteria
A Mutt-i-grees in the Library national demonstration site designation is awarded annually to up to four libraries, museums, and afterschool programs that are exemplary models of Mutt-i-grees in the Library in action. The designation is for a two-year period and includes a small grant to defray costs associated with participation during that time. National demonstration sites are selected on the basis of:

  1. Exemplary practice
  2. Implementation experience
  3. Ability and willingness to share expertise with other organizations
  4. Evidence of prior promotion of Mutt-i-grees activities

Visiting a National Demonstration Site
Libraries interested in implementing Mutt-i-grees in the Library or expanding Mutt-i-grees programming at their libraries can arrange to visit a national demonstration site and experience a highly successful Mutt-i-grees program in action. At a Mutt-i-grees in the Library national demonstration site, visitors can learn about:

  • Best practices for Mutt-i-grees in the Library
  • Strategies for engaging children, teens, and families as well as community-based organizations
  • Effective ways to sustain interest in Mutt-i-grees and grow the program
  • Models for fun Mutt-i-grees programs that engage children, teens, and families

For general questions or to arrange a visit to a Mutt-i-grees in the Library national demonstration site, please contact Kay Hammerson at 516-459-6628 or [email protected].

About Mutt-i-grees in the Library
Now in its third year, our Mutt-i-grees in the Library initiative has reached nearly 600 communities around the country and Canada. It is an extension of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum and provides librarians with strategies and materials to actively engage children, teens, and families using activities and books highlighting shelter pets, also known as Mutt-i-grees. Because of its focus on hands-on activities, not only libraries, but also many museums and afterschool programs are participating in the Mutt-i-grees in the Library initiative nationally. To learn more, please visit http://education.muttigrees.org/library.

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