2017-11-09 / Editorial

Animals and books combine in November

Library Links
By Brooke Faulkner

It’s no secret that we at McArthur Library love reading and books, but what some might not know is that we also love animals. From fabulous children’s books like “Ginger Finds a Home” by Charlotte Voake and “Pax” by Sara Pennypacker to the teen classic “The Golden Compass” to the dog-centric mystery series for adults by David Rosenfelt to Garth Stein’s brilliant “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” there are so many poignant and rich stories about the bonds that are formed between people and their animals. There are also a wealth of great titles available at the library about the training and care of pets, such as “Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog” by Carol Lea Benjamin and “The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do – And How to Get Them to Do What You Want” by Mieshelle Nagelschneider. We are excited to blend some of our favorite things together this month with a program called Books & Barks November.

Throughout November, the McArthur Library Children’s room has adopted a shelter, the Animal Welfare Society located in West Kennebunk. Please consider supporting our supply donation drive on behalf of this wonderful community organization that has helped countless animals find safe and loving homes since its opening in 1967. Printed wish lists of pet supplies needed by the shelter are available at all library desks and we will collect donations all month long.

Also as part of Books & Barks, we will hold an all-ages book swap. From Tuesday, Nov. 14 through Tuesday, Nov. 21, refresh your home library by bringing your gently used books to swap for new ones from our huge collection. For each book you bring, you’ll receive a ticket that you can exchange for another book at our swap. Anyone who donates an item for the shelter will receive an extra ticket.

Finally, on the final day of our book swap, we are pleased to welcome an Animal Welfare Society humane educator to the library at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. Have you ever gone up to a cute pooch to pet it only to have it growl or turn away? Do you want to know how to communicate that you are friendly in a language dogs can understand? Megan Cross, a humane educator from the shelter, will be at McArthur Library on this Biddeford School District early release day with a fourlegged Nationally Certified Canine Good Citizen friend to demonstrate ways to appropriately and safely approach or walk away from a new dog that you are meeting for the first time. While children younger than 15 are the most likely to be injured by dog bites, it stands to reason that educating ourselves no matter our age about dog body language and good manners with dogs is key. Understanding our dog friends is our responsibility, but meeting new animals and learning about their behavior is also a lot of fun.

Brooke Faulkner is teen services librarian at McArthur Public Library in Biddeford.

Return to top