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It's the Year (and Day) of the Dog!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy Chinese New Year!

This Saturday, February 10, our neighbors at the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District are welcoming the new Year of the Dog with a special celebration all the way down the avenue.

Visitors are encouraged to shop with their dogs and join a parade and other activities, with proceeds benefiting the Animal Medical Center. Since we know how our patron dogs love to visit the Library, February 10 is a great day to enjoy the parade, then drop by the Library for your next great read (and a doggie treat)!

Plenty of offerings for the companions of canines:

Outside of a Dog Book Recommendations: "Perhaps you have found yourself in the Members' Room, leisurely paging through the day's newspapers, when a loud noise startled you from your reading, and you thought, "Did something in here just...bark?" Acquisitions staffer and dog-fan Patrick Rayner recommends.  

Canine cognition expert Alexandra Horowitz explains what happens Inside of a Dog in this streaming lecture from 2010.

And here, Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Stuart Firestein teach us about the olfactory convergence - how creatures smell, from dogs to humans.

This 2008 stream-able event celebrates the delightful picture book Henry, the Dog with No Tail with author/illustrators Jules Feiffer and Kate Feiffer. (Jules Feiffer's Bark, George is another of our favorites, along with dozens of other pupworthy picture books like those in the sidebar.)

One of our very first Young Writers Awards winners, Clare Redden, told a tale of her fund-raising dog, Rosy. Rosy visited the Members' Room for the awards ceremony (right).

In 2013 Matthew Langendorfer won a Young Writers Award for his story 'A Dog's Life.'

The recommendations from our What Stacks Up exhibition include dog writing from Elizabeth Von Arnim: "Dogs are free from these fluctuations. Once they love, they love steadily, unchangingly, till their last breath. That is how I like to be loved. Therefore I will write of dogs."

The noble hound not your critter? Look here for some fun suggestions about cats or mice.