Welcome to our official UWTSD Swansea Library Blog! We’ll be using it to post news and information about our resources and services, to help you make the most of our campus libraries and online library e-resources. We also welcome your comments & feedback!
Friday, 12 April 2013
It's National Pet Month!
Muzzie the rescue dog having a snooze in his new home
This year, National Pet Month runs from the 1st
April to the 6th May, so it’s well underway by now. It aims to
encourage responsible pet ownership, draw attention to the work of pet care
professional and companion animals, and raise money for pet charities. You can
find our more on the official website,
which also includes lesson plans and information for schools wishing to take
part as well as some tips on getting a classroom pet.
We love our furry friends here at the library, so we thought
we’d take this opportunity to highlight some of our recent new books which have
dogs as their stars. (We’ve got nothing against other pets, but as it happens
we’ve had a lot of books about dogs recently!) These are great for the kids and
rather lovely for the grown-ups too!
This fun picture book is about George, a pet dog who
desperately tries to be good when his owner leaves him alone for the day, but
is met by temptation at every turn! Will he manage to resist eating the cake
and chasing the cat? Only one way to find out – read the book!
This beautiful picture book deals with themes of fear and
perception. A big, black dog, which gets bigger as each family member spots him,
appears outside a house one night. Only the littlest child is brave enough to
go out and meet the beast. The illustrations are stunning and the story great
for stimulating discussion with children. Wonderful!
We have a few Roddy Doyle books
in the library and they’re all to be recommended, but this is his most recent.
The pets in this don’t feature very heavily, but it’s such a good one that we’ve
snuck it in anyway! Don’t be put off that this is primarily aimed at children as
there’s plenty for the more mature reader too! It centres round four generations of
the same family – one dead, one dying and two living. It’s a beautifully told
story about coming to terms with loss and the power of family. It will probably
make you cry!
Another weepy! This one centres on Cally, who’s trying to
come to terms with the loss of her mum. She can’t help but feel that the
mysterious Irish wolfhound she keeps seeing offers some link to her mother.
Meanwhile, she struggles to fit in at school and makes friend with the boy
downstairs, who is deaf and blind. This is really rather a gripping tale!
A lovely, fun one to end with! Sid is a good natured but
mischievous Jack Russell, based on the author’s own dog. In this delightful
story he’s been entered in a dog show and needs to stay clean and out of
trouble. You’ve probably got a good idea of what happens, but it's very charmingly told!
Do any of these grab your fancy? Remember, as with all our
books, once you’ve read them, you can give them a five star rating on our
catalogue so other library users know how good or bad they are. (Strictly
speaking, you can rate them without reading them, but we’d prefer you passed on an