St. Clair Shores Library’s summer reading program went to dogs — and birds, mice and guinea pigs — on Friday afternoon when a group of costumed animals converged on the sidewalk in front of the library with their owners for an animal parade.
“The theme of our summer reading program is ‘Oceans of Possibilities’, so the idea was to show the oceans of possibilities with your pets,” said Heidi Christien, Adult Services Librarian. “It was just meant to be a fun community event.”
There was no entry fee to participate other than a requested donation of food, kitty litter, blankets, toys, bleach or other needed items to the Humane Society of Macomb .
The pets on the ride were decked out in spectacular costumes, including first prize winner Charlie the Pig, who was dressed as a hot dog. Glitter, a social black puppy dressed as a turtle, took second place in the youth division.
The two award winners in the adult division were Zoey, who showed her owner’s affection for the Detroit Tigers and possibly Tigers Paws mascot by donning a very attractive Detroit Tigers shirt and hat, and Pebbles , a medium-sized pup who looked very svelte in her. colorful bikini.
All winners received a book as a prize.
“It was just a chance to get out there and get creative,” Christien said. “I was expecting mostly dogs and the fact that someone bought a guinea pig and a bird was great.”
The smallest participant was Everest the white mouse who was dressed as a bunny with small crocheted pink and white bunny ears.
Entries were judged by St. Clair Shores K9 manager Tom Price and some of the young spectators who attended the parade.
The St. Clair Shores Oceans of Possibilities Reading Program runs until July 29 and there is still time to register and participate. There is a youth program as well as an adult program; both offer prizes.
Children should record the books they read this summer on a form that can be printed from scsclibrary.org. Forms must be returned to the library by 5 p.m. on July 29 to be entered into the prize draw. The Adult Program is open to adults 18 and older with a library card from any Suburban Library Cooperative library. Sign up for the program at scslibrary.readsquared.com.