At the library we like to take time in October to celebrate man’s best friend. For the past five years, we’ve held events during that month that are focused on our canine companions – whether they be our own, or ones in area shelters.
That tradition continues this year – and we’ve added a couple more great programs to the mix.
Our annual Barktober celebration returns, on Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon at the Kyova Branch. What is Barktober? It’s an afternoon of fun for dogs (and their humans). There will be a pet pageant, featuring contests, and prizes, for prettiest, best-dressed, best trick, most unique, and best of show. The pageant will be followed by a pet parade – in the grassy area behind the mall. So, bring your pooch – well-behaved, and on a leash, please – for a furry and fun afternoon.
We are also happy to announce the return of our Tales to Tails program – where kids can read to a friendly dog who loves to listen. The program will run for three consecutive Thursday evenings, Oct. 3, 10 and 17, at 5 p.m. at the Catlettsburg Branch. Tales to Tails is for children under 12, but older children will be allowed to participate. To reserve a 15-minute time slot, or for more information, call Courtney at (606) 739-8332.
This program helps children build literacy skills by letting them read aloud – without feeling uncomfortable if they make a mistake. All the dogs that help with Tales to Tails are very calm and have helped at local hospice centers, where staff and family members all say that they are a big help.
Our two new October programs involve making items for dogs – some of which will be donated to local animal shelters. Both would make great family programs.
Creations for Canines is the first one. Families can make a fleece blanket to send to a shelter dog – a great way to help the community. It takes place on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Main Branch.
We focus on food for your furry friends on Tuesday, Oct. 15, with the Barking Biscuits program at the Kyova Branch. At this one, we’ll teach you how to make dog treats using items from your pantry at home. The biscuits will be donated to local shelters, and participants can also take some home.
Supplies will be provided for both programs. Each has a limit of 20 families. There is no advanced registration.
Help us celebrate our furry friends!