HiTails Ambassadors is a new partnership between Howard County Library System and Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center that is designed to both help adoption center animals become more adoptable, and nurture empathy and compassion in children. Children, ages 6-15, and parents/guardians will first attend a brief training session to learn about being a HiTails Ambassadors. They will then visit the adoption center (accompanied by a parent or adult) to read to animals that are awaiting adoption. Participants will choose a book from a selection of books onsite selected by HCLS staff.
Information/training sessions will include basic instructions about what to do and say when visiting the animal adoption center. Key principles of CHOOSE CIVILITY will be incorporated in the training, including:
- Being A Considerate Guest
- Pay Attention
- Acknowledging Others
- Take Responsibility
Once training is complete, HiTails Ambassadors will receive a special pin to wear during their visit to the adoption center. A year-end celebration in the spring will acknowledge those who participated in the program.
The next training session is WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 4-5 pm in the Edgar Allan Poe Room of the Howard County Library System Administrative Branch, 9411 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Space is limited. Children and parents must attend training session.
For more information about participating, contact Kelli Shimabukuro