A new collection of books about animals and pets has arrived at the Lindale Library in hopes of bringing attention to a worthy cause and promoting literacy, the library announced this week.
The new section was dedicated on Sunday to country music singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert.
Ms. Lambert was on hand for the occasion, as was Elvis, a therapy dog, and Elvis’ handler, Gina Smith.
Library director Carrie Custer said the collection is possible because of a partnership with MuttNation Foundation. The charity, which was formed by Ms. Lambert and her mother, Beverly Lambert, “volunteers and partners with shelters and animal assistance organizations to provide spay and neuter programs, medical treatments, adoptions, preventions, transportation, legislative changes, and education,” according to its Facebook page.
The collection is located in a pink and brown doghouse structure, and includes a wide variety of books about different pets and animals, such as dogs, cats, rabbits and horses. It includes a poetry book, adult nonfiction, children’s books and even a book about the therapy golden retriever, Elvis. The books are identified with a pink star on the spine.
The Lindale Library only had a few weeks to develop the collection, which is a work in progress, Ms. Custer said.
“Early literacy is important ... and this will not only educate our patrons about MuttNation Foundation, but we’re encouraging literacy,” she said.
As far as dedicating the collection to Ms. Lambert, Ms. Custer said, “She is from Lindale, and she’s a writer and we ... wanted to do something to partner with MuttNation Foundation.”
On Sunday, Ms. Custer showed the collection to Ms. Lambert, while library board president Charles Gentry told the country music singer-songwriter, “You know we love you. We want you to know that Lindale loves you.”
And Ms. Lambert said she’s pleased with the collection.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “MuttNation is so close to my heart. When I’m not singing, I’m thinking about MuttNation or doing some work on it.”
She said the collection draws attention to the foundation in a different way, other than by national press or through social media.
“This is just right here in my hometown. It’s such a cool thing. It’s right here in the library,” Ms. Lambert said.
“I just love the way that it’s all about dogs. Our main focus in MuttNation is to show people that shelters are not scary places, and shelter dogs can be amazing pets, so just all the fun things about dogs is endearing,” she added.
Miranda’s mother said she also believes it’s important to teach children how to care for pets, so they realize the importance of pets in society.
“They help people, and they provide therapy even if they’re not therapy dogs …” she said.
Ms. Custer said the library, which is a nonprofit, hopes that people will donate to MuttNation or the library as a result.
“We have a beautiful library. We just want everyone to know it,” Gentry said.
The Lindale Library is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 903-882-1900.