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My husband and I welcomed a new dog into our family this summer. His name is Tucker, and although we got him from the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, he originally came from a shelter in Kentucky (hence the wildly original name Tucker!). When we first met him he was tucked into a ball in his kennel and looking a bit timid. I asked if he was tired or just scared. The person at the Humane Society said it was probably a little bit of both considering his long journey to Wisconsin. We were looking for a dog that would be a companion for our 10-year-old-just-starting-to-slow-down Basset Hound and Tucker seemed to be a good fit. He didn’t have an overabundance of energy and he and Colbi got along well at their first meeting.

We brought Tucker home and soon discovered he had some minor medical issues that were causing his low energy. So, being the good dog parents that we are, we got him all fixed up. Big Mistake. It’s absolutely amazing how quickly a one-year-old dog perks up when he’s feeling better. He was soon exploring the backyard, playing tug-of-war with Colbi, and generally behaving like a toddler who has had too much sugar. Now he doesn’t just run out the back door, he leaps and bounds out the back door. Literally. Picture a deer or a gazelle leaping through a field and that is exactly what he does. His

excitement knows no limits and I just love that about him.

Working at the Children’s Desk lets me experience that same excitement with kids at the library. I can hear them coming in the front door before I see them and their squeals of anticipation are palatable. They are so excited to find new books, see the fish, and play on the Leap Pads and with the puzzles, that they can hardly contain themselves. And I love that about them.

Want to feel that child-like excitement again? It’s easy to do. Visit the library. Discover a new author. Check out a movie. Attend a program. Just don’t be surprised if you see other people leaping and bounding their way through the library too. Visit us online at www.beloitlibrary.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and be sure to check out these books coming soon to your Beloit Public Library:

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes. …a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick. (Book Description)

Get Lit Rising: Words Ignite. Claim Your Poem. Claim Your Life by Diane Luby Lane. …brings to life the true story of nineteen teen poets (the Get Lit Players) who are inspiring thousands of teens across the country through their award-winning performances of classic and spoken word poems. (Book Description)

Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love by Zak George. Packed with everything you need to know to raise and care for your dog, this book will help you communicate and bond with one another in a way that makes training easier, more rewarding, and—most of all—fun! (Book Description)

-- Jeni Schomber is the Youth Services director at Beloit Public Library.

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