2017-09-28 / Editorial

Library goes to the dogs

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By Bob Cochran

I was walking down Staples Street after grabbing a coffee at Beach Bagel when I heard a loud huffing and puffing sound coming from behind Libby Library’s Book Shed. First, I thought someone was trying to do a live action version of “The Three Little Pigs.” I then decided to investigate these unusual sounds, only to find the library mascot, Libby Lobster, wearing a chef’s outfit while inflating a giant whale.

On beholding this scene, I asked the first question that came to mind, “What the heck are you doing, Libby?”

“Libby, who is this Libby? I am Luciano, the renowned master chef,” Libby exclaimed.

“Well, I’m sure you know something about seafood.”

“Not Funny. Can’t you see I’m working on my famous dish, whale a la Luciano.”

“You must really be a master chef if you can fit that whale into the staff microwave, besides that’s not a real whale. The fairly prominent valve, and the Hello Kitty patches are a bit of a giveaway. What are you up to, Libby?”

“I’m trying get all the overdue books back to the library without paying a fine.”

“You really didn’t have to go through all of this, Libby. Didn’t you know the library has a fine free period coming up?”

That’s right, Libby Library is having a fine free period from Oct. 10 through Oct. 24 to help benefit Community Animal Watch. Any patron that brings in a donation of pet food along with their overdue material will have their fines waived.

October is Dog Month, and our fine free period is just one of the ways we’re celebrating it here at the library. The celebration begins in earnest.

“Ernest. Who’s Ernest?” Libby interrupted.

“Is Ernest some dog mascot you’re goona replace me with? Don’t get me wrong, dogs are fine, but did you ever see one knit 75,000 pairs of baby booties?”

“Calm down, Libby. That’s not what I meant when I said earnest.”


The Dog Month celebration begins Saturday, Oct. 7 with an Author Talk that features Portland based writer Christopher W. Morin. He’ll discuss his latest book, “Three Labs a Lifetime,” along with his other works. There will be a half hour meet and greet with the author from 1 to 1:30 p.m., followed by an hourlong presentation.

Also making a return appearance during Dog Month is expert dog trainer Nick Shrewsbury of North by East Training. He’ll give a presentation on his unique dog training approach 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Well, Libby, it’s time to wrap things up. Before we go, we should remind the good people that Mad Science of Maine will return next month as part of our STEAM Powered Saturday Children’s program. The shows are a real blast, in the good sense of the word, for anyone who wants to experience joy of discovery. They’ll be here at the library 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 21.

I’d also like to remind everyone to check our Facebook page, website and here in the Courier to stay current with all programs and events here at the libary. Also, we’d like to remind patrons that they’ll have to replace their cards in the next few weeks as we prepare for our catalog system conversion.

Bob Cochran is a volunteer at Libby Memorial Libray in Old Orchard Beach.

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