Category Archives: member events

Going Coastal at Smithville


Laurie had much fun at Smithville’s Holiday Open House on December 9, 2010! They really know how to throw a party that pulls in the entire community. Here’s a picture of the staff of Smithville Public Library going Coastal (not postal!) for the evening, celebrating a tropical Christmas. Also shown is Smithville’s version of “The Reading Express” – a regular feature of their Open Houses – taking their patrons through town to look at Christmas decorations.

Sit! Stay! Read! Graduation

Johnson City had a graduation for the dogs who “passed” the Sit! Stay! Read! training to be therapy dogs for reluctant readers. Graduation was Wednesday, November 17. This innovative program builds a partnership between the Library and the Johnson City School District. The program pairs students with trained therapy dogs who act as empathic and non-judgmental partners for reading. Congrats, pups!

Flickr@Taylor Public Library

Taylor Public Library took advantage of the Tech Soup discount for a professional account on Flickr.  Karen says that the unlimited uploads are very nice.  They have so many great pictures uploaded, which is fantastic when you’re trying to show the library’s value and impact to community leaders. Pictures, thousand words, and all.  Thanks, Taylor!

Braille at West Public Library

Nancy from West Public Library shares:

Last Saturday a lady and man (I’d never seen) came to the library to get a card. They are new in town from Maine so I showed them around the library. At some point she heard a mom ask about our next story time. The lady (Janice) came up and said, “Do you have story time?” And here we go………

Janice has a registered therapy boxer named Braille who is blind. This dog has been in a Boxer magazine, in Eastland shoe ads, in an Animal Planet promotion commercial, and in fashion parades. She has visited nursing homes, children’s museums, etc. The web site is (click on Braille) in case you wish to see photos or read a story or two. I got a bit teary eyed. Braille can do little tricks. Now, she does run into things a bit until she gets comfortable.

Braille was born blind and left on the street in San Antonio. She was placed in a shelter but at nine months was going to be “put to sleep.” She was rescued and shuttled cross county by a small aircraft pilots group or something. Janice adopted her at nine months and began training immediately.

Anyway, we are making this into our Valentine’s Day story time: A Very Special Love Story. The teens are reading Brave Norman, the true story about a shelter dog that goes blind but saves a little girl’s life. Then Janice will tell the kids about Braille’s story and have her do tricks. Her message is a very strong: DON’T LET ANYTHING HOLD YOU BACK! We will be collecting towels for Fuzzy Friends, a local animal shelter as part of our program. Our craft will be to make rattle toys for the shelter. Oh, and it’s free.