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Superhero Service Dogs

Superhero Service Dogs

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A service dog is specially trained to help people who have a disability. The most commonly known service dogs are probably guide dogs who help people who are blind. A service dog can also help someone with a hearing impairment or other physical disability that makes it hard for them to move safely on their own. A service dog can also use its especially good senses to help people who have anxiety or seizures or diabetes. Service dogs are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. This means they are allowed to go anywhere their person needs to go, even if dogs are not normally allowed there, like on airplanes or in restaurants. Rescue and Jessica is the story of girl who lost her legs and the service dog who helps her.

A therapy dog is also a specially trained helper dog. A therapy dog’s job is different than a service dog though. A therapy dog is trained to comfort people. They are especially good at making people feel safe and calm. Therapy dogs visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools or disaster areas where people might be feeling anxious or afraid. Therapy dogs are not protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Therapy dogs need to be invited to go to the places they visit. Moose! The Reading Dog is the story of a dog who visits libraries to listen to children read. Moose is a good listener. He is a great friend for kids who might feel anxious while reading because reading is hard for them. Have you ever felt nervous at school because you had to read out loud while the whole class listened? Many children do. Moose helps kids feel less anxious because he is quiet and patient. Moose doesn’t mind mistakes! He says, “Sometimes they show me the pictures. Sometimes they tell me the story.” He is a great friend for reading practice!

Did you know that you can go to IndyPL branches to read to dogs?

If you are just beginning to read or have trouble feeling anxious when asked to read out loud, you are invited to read to one of our visiting non-judgmental registered therapy dogs who love to listen to stories! It’s a great way to improve and get more confident about reading out loud.


Books:

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Dog HeroesTuesday Takes Me ThereDogs to the Rescue Service DogsMy Hero Service DogsDogs to the Rescue Therapy DogsHero Therapy DogsAnimals Helping with HealingCraig and FredGuide DogsHelen Keller's Best Friend BelleNadine My Funny and Trust Guide DogSeizure Alert DogsService DogsSmiley a Journey of LoveTherapy DogsTuesday Tucks Me In
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Amazing and True Animal Stories

Amazing and True Animal Stories

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Tales of Famous Animals

I’m sure you’ve heard people say that dogs are man’s best friend.Animal Stories When you read some of these books, you’ll discover that there are a lot of animals that have been man’s best friend as well as best friends to each other! Who would have thought that a deer and a dog or a dog and a duck could be friends?

Some of these animals just have the best life stories. Some are famous, like Koko the gorilla that learned Puppy Love True Stories of DevotionAmerican Sign Language. Or the 21 elephants that walked across the Brooklyn Bridge when it was built, just to prove it was safe! Or Eclipse, the dog in Seattle that learned how to catch the bus to the dog park all by himself! Check out some of these books for amazing stories about some special members of the animal kingdom.

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.


Unlikely Animal Friendships:

Tarra and BellaSuryia and RoscoeOwen and MzeeRickie and HenryOne Big Happy FamilyTwo BobbiesKate and PippinLenore Finds a FriendThe Tiger Cubs and the ChimpUnlikely Friendships The Leopard and the CowUnlikely Friendships The Dog and the PigletUnlikely Friendships The Monkey and the Dove

Animals Loyal to People:

Stubby the War DogFinding WinnieHachiko the True Story of a Loyal DogHelen Keller's Best Friend BelleEmi and the Rhinocerous ScientistLittle Dog LostKoko LoveJack and JillMidnightStep Right UpTuesday Takes Me ThereTuesday Tucks Me InRags Hero Dog of World War IDarling Mercy Dog of World War IFly Cher Ami FlyWar DogsNubsBunny the Brave War HorseHachiko WaitsDadblamed Union Army CowThe Donkey of Gallipoli

Amazing True Animal Stories:

Bob the Railway DogClara the True Story of the Rhinocerous Who Dazzled KingsDog on BoardDozer's RunElephants Can Paint TooHerbertEllie's Long WalkFaithful ElephantsElizabeth Queen of the SeasHope for WinterIvanThe Giraffe That Walked to ParisLily a True Story of CourageLooking for MizaOut of the WoodsQueenieSaving the Baghdad ZooShep Our Most Loyal DogStayJumbo the Most Famous Elephant in the WorldThe World's Greatest Elephant21 Elephants and Still StandingWonder HorseZeraffa Giraffa
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BirdIndy Trunks

BirdIndy Trunks

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Have a great day outdoors with a Bird Indy Trunk! Here are some more ideas to get you started exploring and having fun in your own wild backyard:Bird Indy Trunks

If you want to explore a little further than your own backyard here are some great places for bird watching right here in Indianapolis:

Books:

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Crinkleroot's Book of 25 Birds You Should KnowBirdologyAnimal Architects BirdsBeautiful BirdsBird WatcherBirds and Their FeathersBirds Discovering North American SpeciesBirdsBuilding BirdhousesCool Birds and BugsLearn to Draw Birds and ButterfliesLook Up Bird Watching in your Own BackyardMy Book of WordsYoung Birders Guide
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DIY Dog Treats

DIY Dog Treats

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Cool Pet TreatsMeasure, mix and stir something for your loyal four-legged friend. Below are some books with easy to follow step-by-step directions made with ingredients you probably already have at home. Your dog will beg for more! Pet Treats

We tried “Peanut Butter Pooches” which sound an awful lot like something people could eat. One for you and two for me!

Since Layle the dog was happily willing to demonstrate her patient obedience for these treats, I think they passed the dog taste test! These treats stayed nicely fresh in a ziploc bag too. Many more tail wagging recipes can be found in Cool Pet Treats or in any of the books listed below.


Books:

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Everything Cooking for Dogs BookThe Ultimate Dog Treat CookbookDIY For Your DogDoggy DessertsHome Cooking for Your Dog
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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Ivan the gorilla lives at the Exit 8 Bigtop Mall and Video Arcade. Ivan lives in a small glass domain with nothing but a food bowl, a stuffed toy and a television. Humans come and press their faces to the glass and point and stare. The zoo owner sometimes gives Ivan a crayon or paint. Ivan likes to draw pictures.

Hello.
I am Ivan. I am a gorilla.
It’s not as easy as it looks.
People call me the Freeway Gorilla. The Ape at Exit 8. The One and Only Ivan. Mighty Silverback.
The names are mine, but they’re not me. I am Ivan, just Ivan, only Ivan. (pages 1-2)

Doesn’t that remind you of Harry Potter when he says to Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, “But I’m just…just Harry!” Ivan has a couple friends, an old elephant named Stella and a stray dog named Bob. Bob sneaks into Ivan’s cage every night to sleep on his warm belly.

When the Exit 8 Big Top owner realizes attendance is down he buys a baby elephant named Ruby to make more people want to visit. Ruby’s arrival makes Ivan and his friends see their situation in a different way. Stella, in particular, can’t stand the idea of Ruby growing up at the mall. So, in the spirit of Charlotte’s Web, Ivan hatches a plan hoping to save Ruby from a lonely life at the mall. You’ll cry and cheer both! 2013 Newbery Medal Winner.

Ivan’s story is based on a real gorilla that lived for 27 years in a mall zoo. The real Ivan died August 21, 2012.

  • The Real Ivan
  • The Silverback of South Tacoma: Remembering Ivan the Gorilla
  • NPR: Ivan Dies at 50 – a Gorilla Life Remembered Best Quote “Ivan’s story has touched thousands of people. He reminded us that even as we must face the “big” conservation and environmental problems with an ecosystem approach, we can’t forget the individuals, each of whom has a story, a personality and a history. Now Katherine Applegate’s book will help Ivan’s story touch thousands more.” ~Barbara J. King

Books:

If you like Ivan here are some more stories that imagine what life would be like from the animal’s point of view. We can never really know of course, but it IS interesting to imagine. You also might like to read about the gorilla Koko. Koko learned sign language, which makes you wonder if we CAN learn a little about what animals think. The last four books are about scientists who study gorillas in the wild or in captivity. Really, really fascinating. And I’m warnin’ ya…the animal stories will make you cry, just like Ivan. If you have a pet you’ll go hug it and think more about your responsibility and what it means to have an animal friend.

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Charlotte's WebA Dog's LifeBlack BeautyWhittingtonKoko: Conversations with a Signing GorillaGorilla DoctorsDian Fossey Friend to Africa's GorillasI am Jane GoodallLight Shinging Through the MistRickie and HenriThe Watcher Jane Goodall's Life with Chimps
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