The Herr Memorial Library participated in the Mission Mutt-i-grees® Tour for Life Challenge lead by Lorie Hernesh, the Children’s Program Coordinator. This challenge was designed to raise awareness for homeless animals and to cultivate compassion in the community.
In October of 2015, the Herr Memorial Library received an award highlighting the library as a national demonstration site for the Mutt-i-grees® in the library program, which was created by the North Shore Animal League and Yale University’s School of the 21st Century. With this honor, the library also received a grant of $200 to use toward children’s educational programming.
This year, children of the Preschool Discover Program at the library participated in “Kids Pawing it Forward”. This project allowed young children to help create healthy dog biscuits from scratch, which would then be packaged & labeled and provided to Haven to Home Canine Rescue where the focus is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home dogs. To help raise money for their non-profit organization, Haven to Home sold the treats at the Lewisburg Arts Festival which was held on April 23rd.
Additionally, students from two first grade classes at the Mifflinburg Elementary school also helped with some fun canine projects. First the children listened to a reading of the book “May I Pet Your Dog?” by Stephanie Calmenson and a pet safety demonstration. After learning about how to properly meet, greet and treat a dog, the children participated in a creative writing activity and helped to make captions for various dog photos allowing them to connect emotionally with the dogs they were writing & reading about. They also helped to come up with a name for the new Mutt-i-grees® cat puppet at the library. The winning name was Moonlite, by Jayla in Mrs. Zimmerman’s first grade class.
The Herr Memorial Library also offers Ruff’s Pack Readers program where children can read to a certified therapy dog and Ruff’s Monthly Reading Challenge. For more information on these programs or to receive a Mutt-i-grees® in the Library classroom visit, contact the Herr Memorial Library at or e-mail Lorie Hernesh at .
(Information from Bridgette Thompson)