Having a Doggone Good Time with the World’s Largest Dog
Angela Hanshaw | May 21, 2013
I’ll be up front and admit that I chose to blog about Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library’s recent program Doggone Fun! not just because it looks like it was a fun program for children (I’m sure it was), or because the title is delightfully punny (it is), or even because it featured dogs as the topic (it did), but because it included a visit by the world’s largest dog (according to the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records), Zeus the Great Dane. And I’m not one to pass up the opportunity to post a photo of the world’s largest dog, if given the chance.
In case Zeus isn’t enough for you, however, the program also allowed kids to meet local author Leslie Helakoski and hear about her new picture book Doggone Feet, a dog’s tale about life under the kitchen table. Leslie’s other books include Woolbur, the fun-filled story of a sheep that bleats to his own beat; the worrisome Fair Cow, who is preparing for the state fair; and the 2007 Michigan Reads Picture Book, Big Chickens, now the first in a series. The library partnered with a local bookstore, Bookbug, to host the event, which included an author book signing.
Want to read more about dogs and programming? Check out the feature articles Mutual Affection: Partnering with Local Rescue Groups for Pet Therapy Events or Getting the Most (for Both of You!) from Your Museum/Library Partnership, or the blog posts Call of the Wild (and of the Canines), My Programming Wish List, or Featured Library: Temecula Public Library.
Angela Hanshaw is Program Officer/Web Editor for the ALA Public Programs Office.