Dogs in the library?

A cartoon of a dog readingUntil fairly recently I would have been surprised to see dogs (other than those helping the visually impaired) in the library. Lately I have been hearing a lot about a program where reluctant readers practice by reading out loud to dogs. It’s interested because it gives the child someone to interact with who will not judge them for their difficulties in reading and pronunciation. It’s apparently great as a confidence boost.

My worry is that without someone there to help them with difficult words they may skip over them or not realize their mistakes and will therefore take less out of it than they would reading to an adult or one of their peers.

In any case it is a program to watch, you can look it up at It is already found at London Public Library, Garden City Library, Tom Green County Library, Keshen Goodman Library and many more libraries.


Spend March Break at Your Library

Many Public Libraries have great programs for kids during March Break. I am posting some of the examples from the two cities I live in.

London Public Library

Dewey Decimal Challenge March 13 – 20
Play once a day during library hours. Are you up to the challenge? Drop by and pick up a Dewey
Decimal clue.  Find the matching book and you’ll win a small prize and your name will be entered in a draw to win our
giant “Dewey Bear”.

Dance Dance Revolution,   10 – 12 noon, Saturday, March 13
Do you love to dance? Step onto the dance pad and have a great time dancing your feet off.

Reading Rocks: The World of Science (Family)
1:30 – 3 pm, Saturday, March 13
Fun, interactive and hands-on activities for school-aged children and their families to celebrate and encourage
reading together.  There will be games, crafts, books, food and prizes, so drop in for this special event. Sponsored by
EDPRO Energy Group Inc. Call 519-521-5921 for more information.

Snake Lady (5+ years)10 – 11 am, Wednesday, March 17
Snakes, spiders, turtles and much more: meet Val the “Snake Lady” and learn all about her fascinating collection of creatures.  Pick up free tickets at the library starting on March 3. Due to demand we can’t set tickets aside.

Karen the Storyteller (4 – 6 years with caregiver)2:30 – 3 pm, Wednesday, March 17
Come and see Karen and her puppets perform a
magical storytelling show! Pick up free tickets starting
on March 3. Due to demand we can’t set tickets aside.

Drawing from Life (8 – 12 years) 10 – 11 am, Thursday, March 18
Learn to draw objects from life by using simple
geometric shapes, lines, shading, and hand-eye
coordination.  A fun and relaxed atmosphere for
children who would like to take their artwork to the
next level.  Use your library card to register in person,
by phone or online starting on March 4.
Plaster Dinosaur (8 – 12 years)9:30 – 10:30 am, Friday, March 19
Make your very own plaster dinosaur fossil.  You will also learn about and touch real dinosaur fossils.  A
craft session 65 million years in the making!  Use your library card to register in person, by phone or online
starting on March 5.

Dirt on Garbage (6 – 12 years)
2:30 – 3:30 pm, Friday, March 19
Take the first steps to saving the planet by exploring
the science of garbage, and find out what we can
each do to make a difference. Use your library card to
register in person, by phone or online starting
March 5.

Sault Ste. Marie Public Library

 A Series of Puppet Plays – Main Library March 15,1:30
Join us for an afternoon of fun as the library presents “Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper,” “The Case of the Disappearing Books” and more!

Everything Green-Korah Branch March 16, 2:00-3:30
Join us for a special St. Patrick’s Day program. Young leprechauns will listen to stories, create crafts, play games and enjoy delicious snacks!

Mr. MacDonald’s Mad Science – Main Library March 17, 2:00-3:30
Join Mr. MacDonald in his lab as he prepares some of the craziest experiments you’ve ever seen! Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, because children will have the opportunity to join in and do some of the experiments themselves!

Beach Party March 18th, 10:30am-12
Can’t wait for summer? Why not start it early with a beach party at your library! Young beach goers will have an opportunity to listen to stories, create crafts and play fun beach games. Don’t miss out!

Winter Reading Club Carnival March 19th 2:00-4:00
Visit the library as it puts on a kids carnival. There will games to be played, prizes to be won and fun to be had! This program is for Winter Reading Club Members, so join up today! We will also be accepting membership at the door.

What’s at your library?

Please comment and let me know what your library offers for March Break or what you wish it did.


cover art of Junie B, First Grade Toothless WonderAmong my pile of books from London Public Library this week was Barabara Park’s Junie B, First Grade Toothless Wonder. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Junie was the first one with a loose top tooth in her class and I was the last, but it took me back to Gr. 2, and I think librarians and parents will enjoy it almost as much as the target audience. If a child comes into the library asking about the Tooth Fairy, or is worried about or proud of a loose tooth this is a go to book.

Park, Barbara. Junie B, First Grade Toothless Wonder. Ill Denise Brunkus. New York: Random House, 2002.

The Girls Like Spaghetti

I borrowed The Girls Like Spaghetti: Why you can’t manage without apostrophes! from London Public Library and I loved it. What an adorable and fun way to teach kids grammar! Truss and Timmons use hilarious animation to demonstrate what a difference an apostrophe makes in a sentence. I would highly recommend this for librarians, parents, teachers or kids trying to master grammar.

cover art

Truss, Lynne and Bonnie Timmons. The Girls Like Spaghetti: Why you can’t manage without apostrophes!. New York: G. P. Putman’s Sons, 2007.