My Little Free Library Has Gone To The Dogs!

[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.

doggietreatsAbout 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.

dog_readingHad 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!


*NOTE: Any ads appearing in this post were not put there by me nor do I endorse them. WordPress sometimes posts ads in exchange for hosting this free blog.


Filed under Books and Libraries, Creativity, Fun, Inspiration, Little Free Library

5 responses to “My Little Free Library Has Gone To The Dogs!

  1. Fun post. I enjoyed reading it probably as much as those dogs enjoy their milk bones. Keep up the good work.


  2. I loved reading this post! I still want one of these, though my son keeps saying “You really want people you don’t know in your yard, Mom???”


  3. Great idea! How about mini-chocolate chip cookies for those with a sweet tooth? My bank bake them fresh and puts them out for their customers. 🙂


  4. Denise Wilkinson

    We have a LFL in front of our house, and it has been the BEST thing for our neighborhood. We have a convertible bench by the library and I make bookmarks for our patrons that are loved by all ages. It’s been a very positive experience for my family, and I always look forward to seeing our “regulars” come and have a seat on the bench, to read a book, or just sit and chat for a while.

    We will be putting dog treats inside in the Fall, so it will be fun to see if it brings even more guests to the bench.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s