My post about Ace the Library Dog led to some great questions and to a few friends sharing their experiences with similar programs. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some a few interesting links regarding library dog programs.
After exhaustive research (okay, after typing “library dog” into google), I struck gold in the form of LibraryDogs.com. As you may guess, this site is a wealth of information on the who, what, where, when, and why of welcoming therapy dogs into your library. There are also a number of links to various reading, training and certification programs on this site.
I also found two interesting examples of academic libraries putting library dogs into circulation.
Monty is a relatively recent addition to Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Law Library. While there are a number of articles debating Monty’s usefulness, and some warning of the health implications of allowing a dog in the library (gasp!); Monty’s circulation status and photo can be found in the current catalog at The Lillian Goldman Law Library.
And here are a few links to Public Libraries that have successful Library Dog programs:
Harvard Public Library is employing story time pups.
Wake County Public Library has a similar program–look for their “Read to a Dog” program under events.
Feel free to post your own link!