Programs in Action
What's better than watching a movie outside with your dog? Not much, according to us! Families in Centereach, NY got a chance to do just that at Middle Country Public Library's Mutts & a Movie program this summer, which was a part of the library's ongoing Mutt-i-grees programming. As the national pilot site for Mutt-i-grees in the Library, MCPL has helped our initiative grow by introducing other libraries to Mutt-i-grees and partnering with local shelters and rescue groups in their community.
This fall, members of the Mutt-i-grees team participated in a Parent-Toddler Workshop, which is part of a series hosted by Jackie Narkiewicz, Head of Children's Services at Copiague Memorial Library in Copiague, NY. This workshop series provides caregivers with opportunities to learn about resources in their communities and Jackie uses this venue to invite community partners to speak on issues relevant to attendees (often on subjects related to parenting: foods for toddlers, potty training, etc).
This fall, Gabriel Cordell rode his wheelchair from Montauk Point to Port Washington, NY to raise funds and awareness for North Shore Animal League America. On October 7, 2015, he made a stop in Centereach, NY for a special adoption event hosted by Middle Country Public Library and their Mutt-i-grees Club.
This summer, the national Every Hero Has A Story summer reading theme allowed libraries around the country to celebrate the ways in which we can be heroes for animals in need. At Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA, children and families had a blast learning about Mutt-i-grees and discovering ways to help homeless animals in their community.
The Mutt-i-grees team celebrated National Dog Day at New York Public Library’s George Bruce Branch in Harlem on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, with Biggie, a sweet, ten-year-old shepherd mix from North Shore Animal League America and a group of incredible teens. As part of the library’s summer programming, young patrons were invited to meet an adoptable Mutt-i-gree and discover how they can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals.