The 2014 Big Read offers lots of opportunities for young people to participate in the annual reading event. View all Big Read events especially for 'tweens and teens.
Snap some shots of animals or a scene from the beautiful Ozark outdoors, and enter the youth category of the Call of the Wild Photo Contest. [Guidelines] (pdf)
Budding authors can enter Animal Tales, with a flash fiction (250 words or less) contest that tells a story from a dog's or any animal's perspective.
Would you like to learn more about the skills that go into competing in the Iditarod? Join us at the Library Center April 2 to hear Pam Flowers tell the story of her solo expedition across the Arctic with her sled dogs. [Details]
Explore the lives of local working dogs by attending any of our programs featuring pet therapy dogs.
If you like nature, survival in a frozen wilderness, animals (both domestic and wild) and adventure, Jack London's The Call of the Wild is for you! The story focuses on a mixed-breed dog, Buck, who is stolen from his safe and comfortable home on a California ranch in 1897, and transported to the frozen Klondike to become a sled dog. The Klondike Gold Rush in 1897 and 1898 drove men and women mad with greed, all of them anxious to find riches beyond compare or to swindle the poor souls who had managed to mine some gold out of the frozen mountains. Dogs became the animals the gold-miners turned to in their frenzy to move their goods and supplies to pitch camps in the Yukon. Buck is stolen, starved and beaten as he transforms himself from a farm dog to a lead sled dog, and must make the ultimate decision about his future — to remain with the kind master who has finally shown him empathy, or to follow the call of the wild.
Try these titles for younger readers.