Programs in Action
This July, the Mutt-i-grees team was on-site in Elizabeth, NJ with some adoptable Mutt-i-grees from North Shore Animal League America for an interactive presentation for children and families at Elizabeth Public Library as part of its summer reading club. More than eighty attendees of all ages participated in our program, which, according to Linda Gauld-Elichko, Head of Children’s Services, was the most successful summer program this year! Families were able to meet two adorable puppies and learned about the importance of animal adoption and what makes Mutt-i-grees unique.
After learning about our Mutt-i-grees in the Library initiative at a professional development training session sponsored by The Karma Foundation earlier this year, Audra Jackson, Teen/Technology Librarian at Glen Rock Public Library, invited the Mutt-i-grees team to visit Glen Rock, NJ and meet with teens in her community to discuss ways in which they can be heroes for animals. Of course, our team was honored to be included in the library’s superhero summer reading theme!
Melissa Fournier, director of the Randall Library in Stow, MA, is very passionate about animal rescue. She is a proud pet parent to two rescued pit bulls and she truly believes that dogs can make a difference in the lives of her patrons, young and old. So when she learned about Mutt-i-grees in the Library in the spring of 2013, she knew her library had to get involved.
Earlier this month, Lorie Hernesh and Victoria Irwin, librarians from Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA, collaborated with Mostly Mutts, a local rescue group, to take paw-some photos of adoptable dogs dressed in superhero gear, with the hopes of finding them loving homes.
Photo credit: Macksville City Library
This June, Macksville City Library in Macksville, KS hosted a Pet Tales in the Park event, where children had a tail-wagging good time learning about Mutt-i-grees! Librarians set up four stations at a local park, where, thanks to help from dedicated volunteers, families were able to learn about dog etiquette (how to approach dogs and safely interact with them), dog grooming, obedience training, and much more. The Pawnee County Humane Society (PCHS) participated in the event by bringing adoptable dogs and cats to capture many of the kids’ hearts. They urged participants to spay and neuter their pets and to get them micro-chipped. Families learned how they can help Mutt-i-grees in their community by donating pet toys, blankets, and food. Children measured and stirred and rolled to make no-bake peanut butter pumpkin balls that were then either taken home for their pets or donated by the caring kids to PCHS. Families were also introduced to some new Mutt-i-gree books from the library, purchased thanks to a collection development grant from the Kansas State Library. Mutt-i-gree puppet had a great time making new friends at this fun event!