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Dogs and Books

It’s been a ridiculously long time since I last posted on this blog. My excuse? The little person-parasite currently residing in my belly (or uterus to be exact). I’m claiming total and complete “Baby Brain.” Since I found out about little boy-to-be I can think of nothing else other than birth plans and awesome footie pajamas with little embroidered ducks. Libraries have been placed on the back burner.

Strangely, as The Professor and I get closer and closer to meeting our son, my interest in libraries has been renewed. The difference: I seem to be riveted by stories about small children and libraries.

My favorite children’s literacy program of all time has to be the Children Read to Dogs initiative spearheaded by several public libraries, where struggling readers, well, read to dogs. The August edition of American Libraries has a great article about the Read to Your Breed program and PAWS to Read program at the La Mesa and Lakeside branches of the  San Diego County Libraries .  This isn’t a new phenomenon, but it is an awesome one. There’s even a Library Dogs website with links to various programs around the country. Check it out for your daily dose of the warm fuzzies.

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Married Female Seeks Sci-Fi Adventure Novel

My marriage to The Professor is perfectly healthy, but sometimes I long for a companion of a different sort. You know the type: They’re there for you on cold rainy days when all you want to do is curl up on a comfy chair with a cup of tea or cocoa. They don’t argue, fuss, or talk balk, and they let you hold them the way you like to do it.

A good book can be the perfect date.

Apparently the folks at Cecil County Public Library feel the same way I do. They’ve rolled out a new reader’s advisory service called BookMate. Patrons submit their answers to a book preference questionnaire either online or in person, and within a week they receive an email with at least 4 personalized book recommendations.  According to the Fall ’09 issue of The Crab (the publication of the Maryland Library Association) the Cecil County Public Library has matched up 150 patrons with their preferred book companions since January. Check out the Cecil County Public Library website (which is cool enough in its own right) for more details.

Take that eHarmony.