Philippi Library announces events

Submitted photos The Philippi Public Library’s Dog Tales Dog reads ‘Dog Tales’ on a shelf in the library. The library will host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover from 4-5 p.m. Aug. 11 and will host Dog Tales Reading to Mountaineer Therapy Dogs from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Aug. 12, as well as other children’s events and a book sale. For more information or to register, call the library at 304-457-3495.

PHILIPPI — The Philippi Public Library is always trying new things in order to encourage children to read and love the library.

The library will host a new children’s program from 4-5 p.m. Aug. 11 called Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Library. The children will come to the library for a story hour, craft and snack. Then they will tuck in their stuffed animal friends for a sleepover.

The library staff will discuss with the children what they think the animals may do at the library while the children are away tucked into their own beds at home — will they read books, watch DVDs, play a puzzle, climb the shelves or have a party? The children can find out just what their animal friends are up to by viewing the Philippi Public Library Facebook page later on Friday evening. Finally, the children can return to the library the next morning, Aug. 12, to pick up their friends and enjoy the library’s Sensational Saturday.

Sensational Saturday is offered each second Saturday of the month and is a fun-filled event with something for everyone. The library will offer outside and inside book sales from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be selling tickets for a quilt raffle. The quilt was donated by the Covered Bridge Piecemakers.

All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the library’s Bookworms team in the Tucker Community Foundation Run For It, which will take place Sept. 23. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Bookworms and the Covered Bridge Piecemakers. The library also will be taking donations and registering runners and walkers for the Run For It. shows the structure that the children will make with clothespins, binder clips and colorful craft sticks at the Philippi Public Library on Sensational Saturday, Aug. 12, during the engineering challenge.

Children may return for the Stuffed Animal Sleepover Pick Up at 10:30 a.m. or throughout the day. Activity sheets and puzzles will be available. From 11 a.m. to noon, children may attend Build a Better World Saturday engineering challenge using clothes pins, colorful craft sticks and binder clips.

From 12:30-1:30 p.m., the library will welcome back Brenda Lee and Paisley, two Mountaineer Therapy Dogs and their owners Barbara Higgins and Bunny Guido. Mountaineer Therapy Dogs visits the library on Sensational Saturdays so school-aged children can read to the dogs. Children benefit from reading aloud to the therapy dogs because it provides a relaxed and dog- and child-friendly atmosphere for children to practice their reading skills without fear of being judged. Many times, children are self-conscious when reading aloud in front of classmates. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem and associating reading with doing something pleasant. Children who are too young to read can show the dogs the pictures in a book or tell the dogs a good story. “The dogs love a good story,” says Director Judy Buckner Larry. “Each child who reads will receive a door knob hanger, sticker, book and a McDonald’s certificate. We ask that the parents pre-register their children for these events so that we know approximately how many children are coming.” The library also will be registering children for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library throughout the day. Children who reside in Barbour County and are younger than 5 are eligible to receive a free, age-appropriate book each month in the mail.

For more information on summer children’s programs or to register, call the Philippi Public Library at 304-457-3495 or stop by the circulation desk.