Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Takoma Park Library

Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Photo of Leo the dog at the libraryPhoto of Leo the dog listening to a story at the library





From Leo's Diary: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Detour! A tree fell in the road. So a police officer asked us to take a different road to the Takoma Park Library. The new road took us a long time. So I was late-–late to the library. Oh, dear, oh dearie me! If only I had my own cell phone, I would have let Miss Julie know that I was coming. … She could count on me. But, dogs don’t have cell phones, so I was stuck, helpless in the back seat, sitting in traffic.

Amelia was in our car, too. She was also concerned. It was very important for her to be at the library tonight because she was doing a special community service assignment. By the way, Amelia is a girl in my family; she’s not a dog.

Just as I was hatching a plan to send a howl or a series of barks to my PAL friends to communicate my distress, we pulled up to the library.
It all worked out in the end. I got to hear some stories, and Amelia got to work on her project. I heard How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague, Domino by Claire Masurel, and I was one of the first dogs in Washington, D.C., to hear Martha’s latest book Fireworks for All by Karen Barss

The kids made Bedazzled Bones while they waited their turn to read to a PAL dog. The bones were cool. When the kids sang "This Old Man" as on Songs for Little Folks by Peter Yarrow, they could use the bone on a stick for the “give your dog a bone” part. Great idea! Here’s what you need and what you do if you’d like to make a Bedazzled Bone:


  • Liquid glue
  • A handful of navy beans
  • Card stock shaped like a bone
  • 1 tongue depressor
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape


  1. Tape the tongue depressor to the back of the bone (cut out from card stock).
  2. Glue the navy beans to the front of the bone; make your own fun pattern.
  3. Use your bone when you sing "This Old Man"; stick out the bone for the “give your dog a bone” part.
  4. Enjoy your bedazzled bone, or give it to someone else to enjoy. (Note to dogs: This is NOT a real bone and you should NOT eat it. It is a decoration.)

Go Blue!
Love, Leo

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Photo of Leo the dog relaxing and listening at the library with friendsPhoto of Bedazzled Bone craft for "Give your dog a bone" song