The Eudora Public Library is going to the dogs!
The library now offers and exciting new initiative called, Mutt-i-grees.
The Eudora Public Library’s new Mutt-i-grees program aims to enhance children’s social awareness, empathy, and relationship skills, which will ultimately benefit people, animals and the environment.
What are Mutt-i-grees? Mutt-i-grees are shelter pets: dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens that are waiting to find loving homes. Through the Mutt-i-grees project at the library, children can learn that, like people, Mutt-i-grees possess special and unique qualities. Mutt-i-grees in the Library (an offshoot of the Cesar Millan Foundation’s curriculum) provides librarians with plans, strategies, and materials to actively engage children by using activities, crafts, and books about dogs and other pet animals.
At the library, children can check out the Mutt-i-grees puppet kit that contains a puppy puppet, two books specially-chosen for this program, National Geographic “unusual facts” cards, set of ideas for family fun, book marks to decorate, and more. The library received a grant that enabled the purchase of thirty brand new books that deal with shelter pets and special animals like “helper” dogs.
Families will enjoy working together on supporting children’s social-emotional learning by:
• Discussing with your children about shelter and special pets
• Visiting a local animal shelter with your children
• Checking out books about Mutt-i-grees
• Visiting the Mutt-i-grees website: http://education.muttigrees.org
• Watching for announcements about future library Mutt-i-grees programming