Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Brutus Learns about the Internet

Today Brutus joined an Internet for Seniors class. The students loved meeting Brutus, and while he doesn't consider himself to be a senior, Brutus enjoyed both the students and the class. His favorite part was watching them look at his blog. (He thought he looked charming). The most difficult part for Brutus was learning to use the mouse--he realized why cats have sharp claws; it kept slipping out of his grasp. Soon he'll be using the Internet to find dog treats, more books about dogs, and maybe even a MySpace or Facebook page.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Brutus and Valentine's Day

Brutus attended the Valentine's craft program at the Durand Memorial Branch, but he was caught red pawed, or red handed, in the bag of candy. Since it was chocolate, he couldn't have any, but the kids who came to the program took some home.

Later Brutus watched his new friend Aubrey make a paper heart envelope to hold candy.
He was disappointed the envelope wouldn't hold doggie treats. He invited Aubrey to come back in the spring for another fun craft program.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Brutus Tours the Children's Department

Brutus was given a tour of the Children's Department in Owosso this afternoon by Natalie, our senior page. She helped him find books on training dogs. Brutus was impressed by her knowledge of the books which were available and how to find them. Someday he hopes to be able to help some of pages shelve books or read their shelves, but he still has a lot to learn about libraries.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Brutus Applies for a Library Card

Dogs aren't usually issued library cards, but after much discussion it was decided than an exception could be made for Brutus as the library mascot. As he filled out the forms and presented his ID (a dog license), a decision also had to be made as to whether or not he was eligible for an adult or a children's card. The final decision--since he was born during the Chinese Year of the Dog (2006) and the web calculators for changing dog years into human years make him over 14, he was given an adult card. Brutus hopes to find lots of dog books and stories about dogs to read in the next month. Margaret tried to introduce him to Lilian Braun's Cat Who series, but he prefers Laurien Berenson's Doggie Day Care and her other mysteries featuring poodles. The librarians fear that cats may never make Brutus' reading list.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Brutus Helps Promote the First Book Program

Brutus enjoyed seeing all the books which which the Shiawassee County Health Department will be giving out the kids who visit them. He learned that this is a joint project between the Shiawassee District Library, the County Health Department, and the morning and evening Owosso Kiwanis Clubs.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Brutus Attends a Board Meeting

Brutus met the library board at their January meeting. He found much of the discussion rather dull--what does a dog care about budgets, conferences, and reports? He was very happy to learn that there was food (and that the new Consumer Protection Act would not ban him from the library)!