Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dog Bite Prevention Workshop to Help Local Pet Owners

Was your dog a happy and welcome participant in your Independence Day festivities? Or were you constantly worried about how your dog would greet visitors and behave in the crowd?

Lauren Van Duzer of Happy Hounds and Beyond will reveal the secrets of canine communication and help pet owners better understand dog behavior at a free, humans-only workshop at the Sharon Forks Library at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17.

“We love our furry companions and it’s natural to want our friends and neighbors to love them, too, but sometimes bad manners get in the way,” says Tracy Walker, Programming Manager.

“Happy Hounds and Beyond guides pet owners in understanding signals and body language from their dogs so they can anticipate and redirect undesired behaviors. This workshop is intended for adults and will focus on ways to ensure the safety of both dogs and humans by preventing dog bites,” explains Walker.

Van Duzer is an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and specializes in helping fearful and reactive dogs and their owners.

During the free Dog Bite Prevention workshop, Van Duzer is expected to explain what motivates certain canine behaviors, what it means when dogs yawn or shake their bodies, and why not all tail wags are a good sign. Van Duzer will also teach participants how to greet unfamiliar dogs appropriately, as well as how to train their own dogs to greet new people politely.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Staff Picks: Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Adult Fiction)

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk investigates the disappearance of a would-be whistle-blower during a corporate retreat in the Australian wilderness. I really enjoyed this second novel in the series by Jane Harper which shows how quickly civility can vanish when things go awry.  Cut off from the outside world, a group of five women discover that a trust-building exercise is anything but when food and water are in short supply and ulterior motives come into play.  It's a survival story with plenty of psychological suspense. I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Monday, July 2, 2018

Library Limelight: LeAnne Craig, Youth Specialist, Sharon Forks Library

Library Limelight is intended to be a quick read to help FCPL patrons get to know our librarians and staff. We hope you enjoy learning about the people who make our libraries great!

LeAnne Craig
Youth Services Specialist
Sharon Forks Library

Where is your hometown?
I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, but have lived in Texas, Indiana, Arizona, and now Georgia.
How long have you been at FCPL?
I have been at FCPL for 8 years.
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
I started out as a Collection Support Aide (CSA) at Sharon Forks, and then became an Information Specialist before moving into my current role as Youth Specialist.
Why did you choose to work in a library?
I’ve always loved libraries and I applied to work as a CSA thinking it would be a fun part-time job. Little did I know that the fun part-time job would turn into a second career for me, and I am truly grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had here at FCPL.  
Describe your job in five words or less.
Planning, Creating, Reading, Singing, Dancing
What is unique about your job?
There is never a dull moment! I am always learning new things from co-workers and young patrons alike! 
What is your favorite part of your job?
The kids that I get to interact with in my position are my favorite part of my job! There’s nothing better than seeing how a program that you worked so hard on, or a book that you might have recommended, can make a positive impact on a child. It’s really the best part of the job!
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
My most interesting place I’ve lived was Tucson, Arizona. There’s something so beautiful and magical about a flowering desert that resides at the base of a mountain that at certain times during the year is covered in snow. And the sunsets there are absolutely breathtaking!
What are your hobbies?
Of course, reading is a hobby! I don’t know if I would be qualified to do my job if it wasn’t! I also love to plan trips and travel. I enjoy the planning and researching just as much as I enjoy taking the trip.
What are you reading right now?

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Paper books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
I love all three….sometimes at the same time! I have been known to check out a physical copy, an electronic copy, and an audio version of the same book to finish a book sooner so I can get on to the next one on my list!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I love the library and have fond memories as a child attending storytime with my mom. I loved taking my kids to storytime when they were young. Things have definitely come full circle as I now get to present storytime for young children as part of my job.  
I am privileged to work with an amazing group of people who encourage and inspire me to develop and present quality programs and engage in positive interactions with our patrons.
Between our four branches, we have an amazing group of talented, creative, devoted, and passionate people (past and present) and I am grateful and honored to be a part of FCPL’s Youth Services Team!