[A Little Free Library Update]
Milk Bones. Crunchy. Irresistible. A sneaky way to get reluctant readers excited about literature . . .
What!? That’s right, my friends. Milk Bones get reluctant readers to read, and I can prove it.
About six months ago, I added a new feature to my Little Free Library—dog treats. I put a small plastic jar filled with Milk Bones among the books and a little sign on the window: Doggie Treats Inside. Canine noses smelled those Milk Bones from a mile away—well, okay, I’m exaggerating, but dogs knew that something wonderful, other than books, was in there. They firmly planted their little puppy butts on the sidewalk and refused to move until their owners opened up the library’s door and got them a treat.
And when they opened that door—
They found an amazing assortment of books: fiction, nonfiction, DIYs . . . you name it. And while the dog ate its treat, its person perused the books and maybe even borrowed one.
There is the elderly man who had walked his ancient dog past the library almost every day, never showing any interest in books until his dog sensed those Milk Bones. He’s become one of my most faithful, everyday patrons. He enjoys old war stories and action/adventure novels.
And there’s the odd, little woman who walks two white poodles dressed in odd, little sweaters. Oddly enough, she doesn’t like to be noticed. Her daily visits are stealth and quick. Two Milk Bones shoved into her pocket, for later. She likes Debbie Macomber novels and Lilian Jackson Braun’s “The Cat Who” mysteries.
Had it not been for Milk Bones, these reluctant readers, and others, might never have stopped at my library or picked up a book. So . . . there you go . . . proof that Milk Bones get reluctant readers to read.
Yes, friends, my Little Free Library has gone to the dogs—and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
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