Mansfield Reads! another success story

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The Friends of the Mansfield Public Library on April 19 hosted their 10th annual Evening with the Author at our own free public library. Preceding this annual event, the Friends staged a Pet Day on April 13 to bring attention to our two chosen books: What Dogs Teach Us and What Cats Teach Us by Glenn Dromgoole.

Pet Day (a first for our library) brought in many happy pet owners, of course mostly with dogs, but some worldly cats as well. Mansfield Animal Care and Control brought its trailer with some wonderful dogs available for adoption and gave a demonstration on animal safety and pet handling. Sponsoring the event and also represented at Pet Day were seven local veterinary groups listed as Mansfield area veterinarians. The Dog Scouts of America, who gave a dog painting demonstration, had a booth as did The Pet Partners, who are well trained therapy dogs with their owners. There was Pet Photo Booth and a booth manned by the Friends of the Library selling reading related goods such as books, pencils and book bags as well as gourmet dog biscuits! A special treat was the K-9 Unit from the Mansfield Police Department, which gave a couple of extremely interesting demonstrations with the highly trained canines Bandit and Gage.

At two Mansfield high schools, Mr. Dromgoole was treated like a rock star and was interviewed by journalism and creative writing students and videotaped. During the Evening with the Author, Mr. Dromgoole entertained us with stories of life in his hometown of Sour Lake, Texas, and his current home in Abilene, and read humorous and touching excerpts from some of his 25 books. Many of his books have to do with cats, dogs, horses, fishing and small town life in Texas. He was presented a key to the city by council member Darryl Haynes.

During his day and half visit to Mansfield, Mr. Dromgoole was treated to a wonderful dinner at a local Italian restaurant, stayed in a local hotel, had lunch at a popular local garden and grill restaurant, enjoyed a dinner catered by our own Savvy's Bistro from the Ben Barber Culinary Academy and was presented with a unique cookie basket made a local high school cafeteria cook.

Community events such as these take months of planning, organizing and scheduling to become a reality. The Friends of the Library could not accomplish such a successful night without the efforts of the library director Steve Standefer, assistant director Annette Weber, the entire library staff, the high school librarians and the many volunteer hours of the Friends of the Mansfield Public Library. As a non-profit organization, we are only able to bring about these incredible events through the generous donations and support of our sponsors from national and local businesses as well as private donors.

We are proud to have brought our 10th annual Mansfield Reads! Program to the city and hope everyone will enjoy reading What Dogs Teach Us and What Cats Teach Us and discuss them with your friends and neighbors as well as at your book clubs!

Thank You,

Jenny Elliott

Vice President of the Friends of the Mansfield Public Library

Chairperson for Mansfield Reads! 2013

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