Programs in Action
In October 2014, Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA ran its first ever Ruff’s Readers “Read to Your Pet” photo contest. In conjunction with its Ruff’s Readers monthly reading challenge, families were able to enter photos of children of all ages reading a book to their pet(s) (real or plush). Library staff, patrons, and professional photographer, Mayor David Cooney, voted to choose the winners. Lorie Hernesh, Children’s Program Coordinator, was kind enough to share some of the fantastic entries with us:
It looks like everyone had a great time at this Mutt-i-grees program at Greater Victoria Public Library in British Columbia, Canada! This summer, the library partnered with Pacific Animal Therapy Society, a local organization run by volunteers who brought therapy dogs to the library, to offer a series of Mutt-i-grees programs for children aged 5-8. According to Delia Filipescu, Children and Family Literacy Librarian, all of the programs were very popular with an average of 25 participants per session.
At Northaven Elementary School in Jeffersonville, Indiana, Susan Botts, Inclusion Coordinator, and Edna Logsdon, Library Clerk, have teamed-up at in a collaborative effort to implement the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum during students’ library time each week. Northaven Elementary uses the Curriculum to fulfill the need for a school-wide social skills curriculum for students in grades K-5.
Families in Centereach, NY know where to go to find fun, hands-on activities that help shelter animals: their local library! Since March 2013, Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) has been offering a variety of Mutt-i-grees programs to patrons as part of its seasonal programming. As the national pilot site for Mutt-i-grees in the Library, MCPL has helped the program grow by introducing other libraries to Mutt-i-grees and partnering with local shelters and rescue groups in their community.
Over the past year, dozens of libraries in Minnesota have joined the hundreds of libraries across the country that are offering Mutt-i-grees programming for children in their communities. Librarians love the variety of ideas offered in the Mutt-i-grees in the Library kit and have been having a blast implementing the activities and programs.