Monday, July 13, 2015

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer

Those hot, sultry days of summer about upon us.  What a great time to kick back at the beach with a good book!

Check out the library's dog-related book display for some ideas.  Here are a few examples from our collection:

  • The dogs of March. Hebert, Ernest
  • White fang. London, Jack
  • Don't shoot the dog!: the new art of teaching and training. Pryor, Karen
  • Following Atticus : forty-eight high peaks, one little dog, and an extraordinary friendship. Ryan, Tom
  • My dog Skip. Morris, Willie
  • Solo: the story of an African wild dog. Lawick, Hugo van
  • The pawprints of history : dogs and the course of human events. Coren, Stanley 
Trivia about the Dog Days:
To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius (known as the "dog star") appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a period that could bring fever, or even catastrophe.  The ancient Greeks thought of the constellation Canis Major as a dog chasing Lepus, the hare. The star Sirius is the dog’s nose; the Greeks called it the “dog star".
From National Geographic

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