It’s time for The Big Read—a community reading project that brings neighbors, friends, family, and students in the Miami Valley together to read and discuss the same book.
The Big Read has a special Greene County connection this year. The Big Read book is The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Greene, about the Xenia-based service dog academy 4 Paws for Ability. To take part in The Big Read, pick up or download a copy of The Underdogs from the library, read it, and then join other readers for an in-person or online book discussion. We’ll also have a series of special Big Read events, including visits by 4 Paws for Ability to several library locations.
By Melissa Fay Greene
At age 24, a neuromuscular disease left Karen Shirk ventilator dependent and immobile. Every service dog agency in the country turned her down because she was “too disabled.” Her nurse encouraged her to raise her own, and her German shepherd Ben dragged her back into life. A thousand dogs later, Shirk’s service dog academy 4 Paws for ability is doing the same for disabled children and their families.
Join one of our friendly book discussion groups.
Weekly in March
Friday, March 9 at 10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m.
Monday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m.
4 Paws for Ability will visit Cedarville Community library with a dog currently in training. The book discussion will follow the 4 Paws for Ability presentation.
Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.
4 Paws for Ability Visits
Come to learn more about 4 Paws for Ability’s work, meet a dog currently in training, and see demonstrations.
Tuesday, March 6 at 3:30 p.m. • All Ages
Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. • Adults
Monday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. • Adults
A book discussion of The Underdogs will follow the 4 Paws for Ability presentation.
Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. • All Ages
Monday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m. • Teens & Adults
Children welcome with an adult
Monday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. • Kids, Teens, & Adults
For ages 10 and up.
Can’t get enough? Enjoy one of these dog-related programs.
Your New Puppy
Monday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. • All Ages • Bellbrook
Do you want to know more about getting a puppy for yourself? Join us to learn about how to pick a puppy, their gear and toys, caring for a puppy, and puppy socialization. Presented by a local dog trainer.
Dog Toys for SICSA
Tuesday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. • Kids & Teens • Bellbrook
Come join SICSA’s TAILS VolunTeen group and learn how to make toys for pets. Toys will be donated to SICSA. This is a special event to go along with our Big Read. Be sure to check out the book The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Greene. For ages 9–21.
Greene County Sheriff’s Canine Unit
Thursday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. • All Ages • Yellow Springs
Join us for an informative meeting with one of the Greene County Sheriff’s canine unit. Chief Carlson will be here to show support of our Sheriff Department.
Social Skills for Dogs
Monday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. • Adults • Yellow Springs
Canine behavioral specialist Janee Crafton will talk about specific social skills that can encourage good behavior in your dog.
It’s a Doggie World: Going Beyond the Page
Thursday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. • All Ages • Bellbrook
Did you read The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Greene for the 2018 Big Read and wonder how it applies to your life? Join us to learn about different dog disciplines and search dogs. Presented by Athena Haus of K9 Karma with her search dog, Zena.
Interactive Lady and the Tramp
Friday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. • Kids • Bellbrook
Join us for this special event to go along with the area wide Big Read. We will be showing the Disney movie, Lady and the Tramp, with a little participation from the audience. For ages 5–10.
Massage for Your Dog
Monday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. • Adults • Yellow Springs
Canine behavioral specialist Janee Crafton demonstrates massage techniques so that you can put a “smile” on your four-legged friend!