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Dogs

That Statue Barked

Sounder, Old Yeller, Old Dan, and Little Ann: children’s literature is littered with corpses of dogs who died too young and made us cry harder than we wanted to.  Luckily, our parents burst into tears, too, which helped distract us from our own sorrow, since they looked so weird crying as they read.

As if that weren’t enough, many literary dogs earn themselves a statue, so in case you ever stroll by the Idaho Falls Public Library in a great mood and run across this statue inspired by Where the Red Fern Grows, or approach Texas’s Mason Public Library humming a happy tune until you see Old Yeller similarly enshrined, you’ll be sure to burst into a fresh bout of tears, no matter how many years have passed since those heartbreaking days of youthful reading.

It’s funny how culpable public libraries are in the formation of so much grief over dead literary dogs, as if we were trying to teach kids that yes, while reading can be fun and rewarding, a book can also rip out your young heart and play t-ball with it before your very eyes. In fact, libraries have such a bad reputation when it comes to children’s books about dogs, I’ve heard of parents who warn their children to walk the other way if they ever see a children’s librarian approaching with a book about a dog.

So, to atone for all the emotional scarring caused by my ilk over the years, I offer up this list of literary dogs who lived long, inspiring lives, which were not defined by untimely and deeply depressing demises. Each of these dogs has its own statue, by the way, although, not surprisingly, none are located at a public library. Read More..

Tail Wagging Readers

On Saturday, January 13th at 10 AM in the Readers’ Theater, practice reading and build reading confidence with a warm, furry friend from Loving Paws Animal Therapy. Bring your own book or choose one at the library. Register for a free 15-minute time slot: 785-843-3833.

Fantastic Beasts Supply Drive

Wanted: Bleach, paper towels, and dog and cat supplies!

While waiting for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to open in theaters on Nov 18, help get much needed support to our local fantastic beasts at the Lawrence Humane Society>

We’re collecting donations at the Library’s Welcome Desk from Nov 1–17. Thank you!

Best Listeners Ever!

Reading to a sweet dog is a safe, non-threatening way for your child to practice their skills in a fun and comfortable setting.

15-minute slots are available this Saturday, September 24 starting at 10 AM in the Readers’ Theater. Register: 785-843-3833.