Programs in Action
This year, the Mutt-i-grees team celebrated Valentine's Day at Grand Concourse Library in the Bronx, NY, where Walter, a sweet Mutt-i-gree, joined us and had a blast helping kids make valentine cards for homeless animals at North Shore Animal League America. Grand Concourse Library is one of many New York Public Library branches implementing Mutt-i-grees programming for children and teens. Everyone had lots of fun creating thoughtful messages of kindness and love.
This fall, Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, NY hosted its 8th annual Scales & Tails Pet Education & Information Fair to promote shelter pet adoptions and animal wellness. Dozens of local animal organizations participated in the event, including the library’s faithful reading therapy dogs and handlers. Sarah Alonso, one of our National Student Ambassadors, volunteered with the library’s Mutt-i-grees Club to organize crafts and activities for children and families in the community.
As part of her Mutt-i-grees programming at Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA, Children's Program Coordinator Lorie Hernesh incorporates cat-themed activities that highlight feline feelings to engage children and teach social and emotional skills. In addition, children also learn how to care for a cat as pet as part of the program’s class pet activity, where each month a new pet is introduced to preschool classes and children learn how to greet, care for, groom, feed, and pet the animals. “This is one of the popular parts of our program, “ says Lorie.
Photo courtesy of The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
We are excited to announce that this fall, The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem in North Carolina began implementing Mutt-i-grees programming on a regular basis! The museum hosts a Mutt-i-grees storytime in collaboration with Forsyth Humane Society, their local animal shelter. Children and families participate in a fun craft, listen to a story from our recommended reading list, and learn about the shelter’s role in the community. The best part? The shelter brings an adoptable dog to each program so everyone has a chance to meet a Mutt-i-gree! To see how other museums and libraries are implementing Mutt-i-grees programming, please visit http://education.muttigrees.org/library/programs-in-action.
We had a blast with students from MS 131 in Manhattan this fall during our first visit to New York Public Library’s Chatham Square Branch. The visit was one of many planned over the coming months as part of our growing relationship with the Library. The students, who are members of Careen Halton’s Class 707, walked over to the library during one class period as part of their ongoing visits with Jeff Katz, Senior Young Adult Librarian, and his team.