Library promotes animal welfare

The Charleston County Public Library received a $3,500 grant to encourage reading and to raise awareness of animal welfare issues and welfare-related organizations in the Lowcountry.

The project focuses on the book "No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs" by Rob Laidlaw. The book explores the world of homeless, mistreated and exploited dogs and the challenges they face while also focusing on the individuals, groups and professional organizations dedicated to helping dogs. "No Shelter Here" encourages young readers to become dog champions in their communities.

The project includes a book discussion for children ages 7-11 at 2 p.m. Monday at the Main Library, 68 Calhoun St.

A "Dog Days of Summer" event for children 8 and older is scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the Main Library auditorium. Participants will learn about veterinary medicine, therapy dogs and humane societies, and have a chance to visit with dogs.

Additionally, photography and educational exhibits are on display through July 31 at the Johns Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway, and through Aug. 31 at the Main Library. All events are free.

This grant was awarded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and is administered by the S.C. State Library.