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November 17, 2011

Tail waggin' reading

On Saturday, Dec. 3, Maddie, the Therapy Dog, will be at Huntington Memorial Library with her owner Marj Rogers.

Listen to a story and have a chance to visit Maddie and pet her. Maddie is a golden retriever and loves to be around children and have stories read to her. She is a gentle dog that you will enjoy meeting. This program is for children ages 4 to 7 and is scheduled for 10 to 10:30 a.m. Registration is required, which can be done at the library or by calling us at 432-1980.

The library has hundreds of stories about dogs for children and adults. If you and your family want to enjoy some dog stories together, here is a sampling of the many titles available.

"Shaggy Dogs, Waggy Dogs" by Patricia Hubbell is a rhyming story filled with dogs of all shapes and sizes. These dogs do all kinds of things from walking, digging holes, napping, chasing and being your friend. How many different dogs can you count in this book?

Bailey the dog goes to school at Champlain Elementary and things are always unpredictable when he's around. Bailey loves reading and math and he loves lunch. He keeps forgetting he's not supposed to eat his homework. He even shares his favorite chewed-up bone with his teacher on her birthday. What will he be up to next? Find out in "Bailey" by Harry Bliss.

Beginning readers will be able to read "Boy, Bird, and Dog" by David McPhail on their own. Boy has a tree house and he and Bird look at everything. Dog wants to come up, but can't climb the stairs. Find out how Dog gets into the tree house and how the three enjoy themselves.

"Carl and the Baby Duck" is a beginning reader by Alexandra Day. Mama Duck has lost one of her baby ducklings. She asks Carl the dog to help her find the baby. Can he do it?

"Dixie" is also for beginning readers. Emma is learning her part for the school play and doesn't have time to play with her dog Dixie. Dixie doesn't understand and even though she tries to be good, sometimes it's just too hard. Author Grace Gilman delights readers with her story.

Sometimes dogs and cats get along, sometimes they don't. Learn about how they are same and how they are different in "My Dog, My Cat" by Ashlee Fletcher. Cats meow, dogs bark, tongues can be rough or wet, and in this story, the owner's cat and dog both like pepperoni pizza. Is that true at your house?

Sam can't wait to pick out a puppy. How will he decide which one to pick? Follow Sam as he tries to decide in "Pick a Pup" by Marsha Wilson Chall. Some are small, some are big, some are very active and others like to nap. It's going to be fun deciding which pup is just the right one.

Holiday closing: The library will be closed next Thursday for Thanksgiving. We all wish you a safe and restful day.

Library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/ librarycorner.

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