Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Wednesday Night Lights

Welcome to what I hope is a regular feature here at Pop Goes the Library. Tonight we're going to talk about dogs. I suspect many of you know where this is going. We just had the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show, and for the first time in its history, a beagle won the show. It's also the first time since 1939 that a beagle won its group, the hound dogs.

I watch the dog show every year. Part of this comes from my love, despite allergies, of dogs. Another part comes from the fact that my aunt shows dachshunds. Our first dog (of two) was a golden retriever that was a champion in obedience. Just like how Uno, the beagle who won best of show, was a champion in the hound group, they also have champions for obedience.

But I digress. This year was especially fun to watch since my daughter also loves dogs and was fascinated by a tv show that just had dogs running around on it. My only wish was that we could have connected Charlie Brown in her mind to the beagle on the television. But a real beagle looks nothing like Snoopy. I was laughing on my way to work this morning when the radio guys were saying the exact same thing. I always wanted my beagles to be more monochromatic and to dance that crazy Snoopy dance.

Obviously the dog show offers a lot of easy opportunites for book displays. But you could also host a local dog show. Or have someone come in to talk about showing dogs, or grooming dogs, or training dogs. I know the idea of animals in the library might be frightening to some people.

But it could also be a lot of fun.

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  • At 9:02 AM, Blogger Jess Nevins said…

    It would definitely be a good way to get people into the library who don't ordinarily go there.

    And a library dog would be a lot more preferable to a library cat....


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