Isn’t amazing how the dogs make a difference in the lives of many people, not just the families that they are eventually placed with? I loved learning how 4 Paws for Ability takes dogs to the prison to be trained, and how they have such a big impact on the prisoners who train them.


I think my favorite part of this chapter was the fact that the dog, Casey, helped Connor connect with kids his own age. It was so cool that when he went to the playground with Casey, kids came up and talked to him, asked him about his dog, and wanted to play with him.


In the first two chapters we meet Juke, who is trained to help a teenager named Logan who suffers from uncontrollable violent outbursts, and Barkley, who aids Ben, an autistic boy who frequently escapes from home. Were you surprised by the tasks these dogs could perform?


The Underdogs, this year’s Big Read book, highlights the work of the Xenia-based service dog academy 4 Paws For Ability. 4 Paws is particularly well-known for providing service dogs to children who usually can’t get a service animal.


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. This year’s Big Read book is The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Greene, about the Xenia-based service dog academy 4 Paws for Ability.




It’s time for The Big Read—an annual community reading project that brings neighbors, friends, family, and students in the Miami Valley together to read and discuss the same book.







It’s time for The Big Read—an annual community reading project that brings neighbors, friends, family, and students in the Miami Valley together to read and discuss the same book.





It’s time for The Big Read—an annual community reading project that brings neighbors, friends, family, and students in the Miami Valley together to read and discuss the same book.




Did you enjoy Wild by Cheryl Strayed as part of this year’s Big Read? When you’re ready for your next read, try one of these books about life in the great outdoors.


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.


In October you voted for the next Big Read. The results are in, and the winner is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.


The Big Read is a community reading project that brings neighbors, friends, family, and students in the Miami Valley together to read and discuss the same book. After taking a year off, the Big Read is back, and you can help choose the book your community reads!