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Reigning cats & dogs at the libraries

By Elizabeth Essen
Posted Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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Paws, claws, cales and tales

Pittsboro, NC - Cats and dogs will be reigning at the Chatham County Public Libraries this week as the summer reading program continues. In addition to songs, skits, and games, children can enjoy meeting furry, four-legged volunteers from Chatham Animal Rescue & Education, as well as care-taker Becky Norman. In addition, Pampered Pet Salon of Pittsboro will perform a "doggie make-over" on Friday.

"Paws, Claws, Scales, and Tales" is designed for rising 1st through 5th graders and will be held weekly through July 28 at the following locations: on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at Wren Memorial Library in Siler City; on Thursdays at 3 p.m. at the Goldston Public Library; and Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Pittsboro Memorial Library (in case of rain this week at Pittsboro Primary School).

As a reading incentive, children are invited to set reading goals. When they succeed they will earn "Duck Bucks" which can be used at the Read-to-Feed Library Pet Shop to purchase dog and cat food, animal toys, kitty litter and other supplies which will then be donated to area animal organizations. (The library is seeking donations of animal supplies from local individuals and businesses. Contact Bett at 542-3524 to contribute.)

Children do not need to register in advance to participate. They may attend events at any of the libraries.

Wren Memorial Library is located at 500 N. 2nd Ave. in Siler City (742-2016); the Goldston Public Library is located at 9235 Pittsboro-Goldston Road (898-4522); and the Pittsboro Memorial Library is located at 158 West Street (542-3524). The Pittsboro Presbyterian Church is located at 95 East Street across from Hardee's.

Following is the summer schedule, though details are subject to change:

WEEK 2: June 28-30

Wednesday, 11 a.m., Wren Memorial Library.
Thursday, 3 p.m., Goldston Public Library.
Friday, 11 a.m., Pittsboro Memorial Library (in case of rain, contact the library for alternative location).
Following our regular program, come meet volunteers from C.A.R.E. (Chatham Animal Rescue & Education) and a few of their dog alumni. Witness a "doggie make-over" complements of Pampered Pet Salon of Pittsboro (Friday only).

WEEK 3: July 5-7

Wednesday, 11 a.m., Wren Memorial Library. Following the program, meet a live Great Horned owl and a volunteer from the Wildlife Rescue Center in Sanford.
Thursday, 3 p.m., Goldston Public Library. Following our program, meet the working "dog deputies" of the Chatham County Sheriff's Department.
Friday, 11 a.m., Pittsboro Memorial Library (in case of rain at Pittsboro Primary School). Call for details about this scheduled field trip.

WEEK 4: July 12-14

Wednesday, 11 a.m., Wren Memorial Library. Following our program, meet the working "dog deputies" of the Chatham County Sheriff's Department.
Thursday, 3 p.m., Goldston Public Library. Burns & Company of Winston-Salem presents "Leroy's Tales," featuring colorful props, music, mime, illusions, and ventriloquism.
Friday, 11 a.m., Pittsboro Memorial Library (in case of rain the Pittsboro Presbyterian Church). Following our program, meet the working "dog deputies" of the Chatham County Sheriff's Department.

WEEK 5: July 19-21

Wednesday, 11 a.m., Wren Memorial Library. Burns & Company of Winston-Salem presents "Leroy's Tales," featuring colorful props, music, mime, illusions, and ventriloquism
Thursday, 3 p.m., Goldston Public Library. Join us for a special program presented by librarians from the Mebane Public Library, followed by a walk to visit nearby peacocks and turkeys.
Friday, 11 a.m., Pittsboro Memorial Library (in case of rain the Pittsboro Presbyterian Church). Join us for a special program presented by librarians from the Mebane Public Library. Then meet a young llama on his first visit to the library.

WEEK 6: July 26-28

Wednesday, 11 a.m., Wren Memorial Library. Come to the Animal Faire. Final week!
Thursday, 3 p.m., Goldston Public Library. Come to the Animal Faire. Final week!
Friday, 11 a.m., Pittsboro Memorial Library (in case of rain the Pittsboro Presbyterian Church). Come to the Animal Faire, with a visit by a miniature horse. Final week!

A special thanks goes out to the members of the Pittsboro Presbyterian Church, Pampered Pets Salon, Pittsboro Appliance, Becky Norman of C.A.R.E., Anne Mathis of the Wildlife Rescue Center, Charles Gardner and the Chatham County Sheriff's Department, Chatham County Animal Control, Mebane Public Library, Sharon Arnold, Jeff Bright, and Central Carolina Community College.

 
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