Friends of the 
Bellingham Public Library

Fundraising to Remember Indy, our Tail Waggin’ Tutors Reading Dog



The Library Trustees and Friends of the Library are collaborating on a project to obtain a life-size bronze statute of Indy!    We have commissioned Lena Toritch of the Young Fine Art Studio, Salt Lake City, UT.  You can see her work here.

The project will cost $5000 and the Library Trustees have made the initial $1000 deposit.

We need your help to raise the additional $4000 needed to bring Indy back to the children of Bellingham.

This project is to honor Indy, our Tail Waggin’ Tutors library reading dog,  who gained his angel wings in late December.  For more than 5 years, Leah Caracino, a Blackstone resident, brought Indy, a beautiful Sheltie, to the library to be read to by children of all ages.  One small bark on Monday night and we all knew Indy was here! 

The Tail Waggin’ Tutors  program provides  a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows children the opportunity to practice the skill of reading.  Each week up to 4 children had Indy’s undivided attention for 15 minutes of reading. 

     By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.

When the Bellingham Library Community learned of Indy's passing, our Facebook page lit up with comments about what this dog meant to the children of Bellingham.  People wrote:  

Thank you Indy & Leah for all the hours of listening to my kids struggle to pronounce words as they learned how to read. We owe a good deal of their love of reading to your patience!

We are so very sorry to hear this! Leah, you and Indy are loved and much appreciated. Thank you for encouraging my children to become readers.

It's so hard to say goodbye to our furry family members! Indy was incredible and he (and you!) really helped my daughter gain confidence in reading when she was younger. Both kids LOVED to read to Indy! He'll be missed.

So sorry to hear about Indy. We met him at the Polar Express Extravaganza and we could tell how truly special he was. Rest in peace Indy.

I made an appointment for my not yet walking or talking 11 month old son who never met a dog. I asked so that my son Andrew could be introduced to a gentle dog. Leah was so kind, and my baby drank a bottle while I read him a story and he sat next to Indy and was able to pet him and even gently explore him. Leah, thank you for sharing him with us. He was a beautiful soul and all our beloved pets are there with him at the Rainbow Bridge.


The Friends generally meet on the first Monday of the Month at 7 pm in the library history room. 
Check the library calendar for the next meeting date.


Have you joined the Friends yet? All it takes is $10 a year! 

That may not seem like much, but consider that last year our members' dues allowed us to bring to the library

- museum and attraction passes, 

- weekly visits by performers during the summer reading program,

- children’s programs such as Star Wars, Baby Sign Language, and Ring-a-Ding, as well as 

- lectures and visits from authors.

Your dues also allowed us to provide supplemental funding for the “Shaking Up STEM!” grant; bringing an educational seismograph, a 3D printer, and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) programming to the library.

Without our dues paying members we could not continue to bring to the library those quality resources and programs that you have come to expect.

So join us (www.bellfol.org/join) - it’s shaping up to be another great year at the library with you!

You can join the Friends by clicking the Join Us tab above or by picking up a membership application

at the Circulation Desk of the library or at the Friends' Used Book Nook (near the library's Community Room).

Your opinion is valuable to us: Please join us whenever you can at our monthly meetings
generally held the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the History Room at the Library ~
or reach out to us at bellinghamfol@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

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