Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Takoma Park Library

Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Photo of Buddy the dogPhoto of Buddy the dog reading with a family at the library





From Buddy’s Diary: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

 Hot-Diggity! I was shaking in my booties. It was my first time at the Takoma Park Library, and sometimes I get nervous when I experience new things. I recently became a PAL dog because I love people and I like to keep them company when they are reading or relaxing or anxious, too. My jitters wore off quickly. I walked around and said “Hi” to each and every person who had come to the library to read to a doggie.  

I heard Good Boy, Fergus! by David Shannon. Maybe next time someone will read me the Spanish version, Muy Bien, Fergus!. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

And, maybe next time someone will read me a story about other dogs like me. I am a very gentle 3½ year old Dachshund. Sometimes people call us Hot Dogs or Weiner Dogs. There are lots of fun books about dogs like me. Some of my favorite picture books are: Pretzel by Margret Rey, The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey, Albert the Dog Who Liked to Ride in Taxis by Cynthia Zarin and Dog and Bear: Two’s Company by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. And some of my favorite chapter books are: Bud Barkin, Private Eye by James Howe, Grk and the Hot Dog Trail by Joshua Doder and my all-time-favorite, The Amazing Odorous Adventures of Stinky Dog by James Howe.

In addition to reading stories, the children made book bags to fill with their favorite library books. I am going to fill mine with hot dog books! If you would like to make one, this is what you need to do:

Read to Doggies Book Bag Craft
Gather the Supplies:

  • 1 reusable cloth bag
  • Some felt squares (white, brown, black)
  • 1 pair of googley eyes
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 pair of Scissors
  • 1 bottle of liquid glue
  • Fabric markers
  1. Cut out an oval dog head in the lighter color felt (Tip: It helps to trace the shape first, then cut out).
  2. Cut out two long dog ears from the brown felt (See tip above!).
  3. Cut out a triangle-shaped dog nose from the black felt.
  4. Glue the dog face to the cloth bag.
  5. Glue the nose to the dog face.
  6. Glue the googley eyes to the dog face.
  7. Glue the dog ears in place.
  8. Use the fabric markers to decorate the bag and write a message (Note: Miss Julie wrote, “Read to Doggies” on hers!).
  9. Enjoy using your recycled bag; fill it with library books!


Photo of Buddy the dog and a family at the libraryRead to Doggies Craft Project