Notes from the Black Lagoon

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So the staff at the TPL and in the Children’s room love animals. We love picture books about animals. We love pets. We love pets so much that sometimes we let patrons and staff bring in their pets to visit even though it TECHNICALLY is against library policy. We also love animals so much that we decided the Children’s Room needed a pet. So we got a dwarf hamster named Scooter. Scooter didn’t last too long and she sadly died right before Christmas. Santa (aka Daisy, the assistant director) brought us a new, awesome, regular-sized Black Bear hamster that we’ve named Ratatouille.


He’s a great hamster and our patrons just love to see what he’s up to. Mostly, he runs on his wheel and hoards food. An exciting hamster life.

Most staff here also really value our local animal shelter and have rescued pets at some point in their lives (including me!) Thus, I was particularly moved when I read the review for Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts. This pet story focuses on a young boy who imagines his dog’s life before the family rescued the pooch from the pound. The author covers all scenarios for pets’ past lives, including abandonment, moving families, and running away. All ends well as the Boelts finishes up her tale with a happy homecoming for the dog and the young boy’s family. This book was a real tear-jerker for us in the Children’s Room and touched us so much that we donated several copies to the Taunton Animal Shelter for families who adopt pets. Bonus: According to the dust jacket, Boelts will donate a portion of the profits to the Humane Society.

So that’s why we love animals here at the TPL and why we loved Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts. If you are considering getting a pet, please consider your local animal shelter. If you aren’t ready for a pet yet, buy this book and help out the Humane Society.

Before you were mine


Hello world! Ok, so I do love to laminate and I also love The Librarian from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler, but this blog is dedicated to all things Children’s Services in a public library. I, myself, am the head of Children’s Services at an urban library in Massachusetts. I have a wonderful staff of 7 and wear many, many hats in this job, so I thought I would start a blog about the ins and outs of running a children’s room. It’s hard work, but a lot of fun. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and reading yours! More tomorrow….it’s 5 o’clock and it’s quittin’ time.