The Barnyard is Busy

by Marina Spring is my favorite time of year. Everything looks bright and fresh. Maybe from all the rain–it just makes the world glisten. Yeah, I know, it’s schmaltzy. I enjoy the spring weather. All of it. In spring talk typically turns to the subject of gardening or cleaning. That’s all well and good but, been there, […]

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Literary Pets

by Marina Dogs rule . . . . Many of the Readers’ Services Team are dog lovers as shown by the number of times we’ve snuck photos (or videos) of our own pets into our blog posts. We like other animals too, no doubt, but dogs seem to inspire our content more. Although, there’s this […]

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The Dog Days of Summer

by Liz The dog days of summer are upon us! The phrase draws its meaning from ancient Greece when the rising of the Dog Star (Sirius) meant the coming of the hottest days of the year. While the common usage does not have most of us looking through a telescope, it still very much means the heat has […]

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Take A Hike!

March 30th is Take a Walk in the Park Day. With the many city and county parks, walking trails and national parks we have in our surrounding area it shouldn’t be too hard to find the right location for you to celebrate this day. I wanted to specifically highlight this book, The Dog Lover’s Companion […]

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My kind of cat (and dog) detectives

Everywhere you look mystery covers now days you see a cat or a dog.  Some are just to make the cover look pretty.  Publishers hope the sweet pet will make us pick out their book.  Some however are pet detectives ready to solve the crime.  My favorite pet detectives are from Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. […]

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Question of the Week: What is your favorite animal story?

This morning as I watched my beagle run around the house with her treat and the treat she stole from my other dog, I was reminded of a book I read a while back: Fixing Freddie: A True Story about a Boy, a Mom, and a Very, Very Bad Beagle by Paula Munier. This funny […]

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Cats vs Dogs vs Sheep???

Mysteries have gone to the dogs and cats.  Most of these are your average animal in series like the Melanie Travis series by Laurien Berenson, Cat in the stacks by Miranda James and Pet rescue mysteries by Linda O. Johnston.  But then there are the thinking, talking animals who are often way ahead of their […]

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Obsessed? We’ve got the books for you!

Do you have an obsession?  Some special topic that you are ridiculously curious about? Me, I’ve been obsessed with French Bulldogs ever since I got my Liza Lou two years ago.  Some folks have a very limited idea of what libraries carry (best sellers and reference books), and are missing out on the amazing treasure […]

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