Evolving Libraries: Toga parties, Read-to-Dogs, Martini meetups, Stuffed-animal sleepovers Keep Libraries Relevant

From The Chicago Tribune:

The Read-To-Dogs program is one of the many unusual ways that libraries throughout Chicagoland are engaging citizens of all ages. Kids can read to dogs, send their stuffed animals on sleepovers or visit a magical forest, and parents can attend a toga party, taste gourmet chocolate or even meet up at a martini bar, all thanks to their local libraries.It was obvious that the read-to-dogs program has caught the interest of 7-year-old Ella, who casually petted cockapoodle Jake with her right hand and held the book “Nobody’s Dog” with her left while confidently breezing through sentences studded with multisyllabic words.