Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Takoma Park Library

Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

By Miss Julie (Interpreter for Dogs)

Photo of Snowball the dog with his ownerPhoto of Snowball the dog listening to a story at the library

From Snowball's Diary: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I am a country boy at heart. My family and I have a lovely farm in Virginia where we go to relax. I love to run and play and splash in the brook behind our house. One thing about being in the country is that I get dirty. Super-duper-dirty! It is FUN to get dirty. Although I was afraid that no one would want to pet me at the library and that my friends might not even recognize me like in the story Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion.

So I took extra care to groom myself and brush all the mud out of my coat before I came to the library. I didn’t go to the extreme like in Shampoodle by Joan Holub, just enough to make myself presentable and recognizable. I was a little late, so I did not get to hear the beginning of Miss Julie’s story Schnitzel’s First Christmas by Hans Wilhelm. The second half of the book was quite exciting! And I got to hear other stories; I heard Ballerino Nate by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and Ten Dogs in the Window by Claire Masurel. 

And, I got to see the children make bone trees. They were so cool. Here’s what you need and what you do, if you’d like to make one, too:

Bone Tree and Decorating Doggies Craft

  • 1/3 sheet of construction paper (in red, yellow, green and brown colors)
  • 1/2 piece of green poster board
  • 3 scraps of poster board approximately 4” x 6” (to make stands)
  • 2 images of decorating doggies
  • 1 small handful of silver and gold beads 
  • 1 bottle of liquid glue
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 pencil
  1. Cut out a triangle-shaped tree base from the green poster board.
  2. Mount a piece of scrap poster board on the back of the tree, so that it can stand.
  3. Cut out a bone shape from the construction paper, and then trace the shape to make many, many more bones in different colors.
  4. Glue the bones on the tree with the glue stick.
  5. Decorate the tree with silver and gold beads using the liquid glue.
  6. Glue the doggie images to poster board, and cut out.
  7. Mount a piece of scrap poster board to the back of the doggies, so that they can stand.
  8. Enjoy your bone tree and decorating doggies display, or give it to someone to enjoy.
Snowball, PAL dog extraordinaire

Read Snowball’s October 4, 2011 Diary
Read Snowball’s November 15, 2011 Diary
Read Snowball’s November 29, 2011 Diary

Photo of Snowball the dog listening to a story at the libraryPhoto of Dogs Decorating Bone Tree Craft