Dog-Eared Delights: A Library Open House for Our Canine Friends

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April 1, 2023

Bring your four-legged friends to a tail-wagging celebration of Special Collections’ Chapin-Horowitz Dog Book Collection, the second largest collection of books about dogs in the United States. We’re opening our Reading Room for a full day of literary exploration and activities, with librarians and archivists on hand for chin scritches and belly rubs.

Composited image of several dogs reading books in a library
Some very good dogs enjoy books in the Special Collections Reading Room. (Image created in Photoshop)

Event Schedule April 1st, 2023

  • 9am - Zine Workshop with Author Diamond the Dog
    Special guest barker Diamond will lead a zine workshop where they’ll share their experiences writing and illustrating their seminal work, "Diamond's first photo book". Materials will be provided for participants and their humans to create their own personal zines to take home and chew on.
  • A black cocker-spaniel
    Peter Chapin, the beloved cocker spaniel and namesake for the Chapin-Horowitz Dog Book Collection. 
    Noon - Break for Treats
    Sample dog biscuits made by library staff from the recipe books "Bone appétit", "Wee paws in the kitchen", and "Feed Me". 
  • 1pm - Peter Chapin Look-Alike Contest
    Bring your best-in-show game and compete to win the coveted Peter Chapin Look-Alike trophy. All breeds are welcome - not just cocker spaniels!
  • 2:30pm - Knitting with Dog Hair Live Demo
    Stop by for a quick brush and donate some fur. Students from Swem’s Makerspace will be spinning and knitting a scarf using Kendall Crolius' and Anne Black Montgomery’s "Knitting with Dog Hair" as a guide.

We hope to see you there! And remember to leave your human at the door—this event is for dogs only! (It's also an April Fools' Day joke - for the safety of our collections, we sadly cannot allow pets in the Reading Room).