Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Takoma Park Library

Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Brad the dog with friendsPhoto of Brad the dog with some girls at the library




From Brad’s Diary: Tuesday May 10, 2011

Yikes! I went to the Takoma Park, Maryland, Library instead of the Takoma Park DC Library. I couldn’t smell Miss Julie anywhere… and then I realized my mistake. Silly me! So I dashed over to the correct library as quick as I could. Fortunately there was still plenty of time to hear many stories. Unfortunately, Miss Julie had just finished reading The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell. It looked like a very sweet doggie story. Fortunately, I can always check it out! My DC Library Card is my passport to the city!

And, my PAL certification is my other passport! I get to travel all over the city helping people. I feel very fortunate to be able to help others. How about I help you make a hand puppet craft like the children made in the library made tonight…? Here are the supplies you need to make an “Ain't nothin' but a Hound Dog” Hand Puppet Craft:

  • 1 Sheet of card stock/poster board
  • 1 Pine cone
  • 1 Medium-size black pompom
  • 1 Pair of sticker/googly eyeballs
  • 1 Square of black/brown felt
  • 1 Strip of felt (any color)
  • 1 Bottle of liquid glue
  • 1 Pair of child-safety scissors
  • 1 Pencil

And, this is what you do:

  1. Draw a teardrop-shaped dog face on the card stock, and cut it out.
  2. Glue the pine cone to the narrow portion of the face for the dog’s muzzle. (Note: Due to the weight and texture of the pine cone, it may need to dry overnight in order to be secure.)
  3. Glue the pompom to the tip of the pine cone for the dog’s nose.
  4. Attach the eyes.
  5. Cut out two ears from the dark felt.  (Note: Miss Julie managed to make her doggie’s ears look like Elvis hair, hence the craft name “Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog”.)
  6. Glue the ears in place.
  7. Glue the strip of felt to the back of the face to make a hand holder. (Note: Allow enough space for your hand to pass through comfortably, and leave time for it to dry completely.)
  8. Enjoy your hand puppet!

Now I am itching to look at the new Brad books that I checked out at the library: Doctor Brad Has Gone Mad  by Dan Gutman, Brad Johnson: Play with Passion  by Brad Johnson, You’re in Big Trouble, Brad  by Lisa Papademetriou, and Brad and Butter Play Ball  by Dean Hughes.

Waving bye-bye!

Read Brad’s October 3, 2010 Diary

Photo of Brad the dog reading with a boy at the libraryPhoto of Aint Nothin But a Hound Dog Craft