During COVID 19, Mrs. Scholl, Library Media Specialist began the Books and Barks program with lower school students. Girls in grades K-4, and any interested siblings, were invited to join Mrs. Scholl, and her family dog, Pennylane, for an online storytime each Friday.
Students were encouraged to bring a family pet or a stuffed animal to join in the fun. Following a story, a related activity was posted on Seesaw* for students to extend their listening, learning, and connection to the story. Carefully chosen books included: Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating, Hiromi's Hands written and Illustrated by Lynne Barasch, and Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal.
Penny was born on Memorial Day on a farm in Coatesville and is four years old. She was a gift for Mrs. Scholl's daughter who, at the time, was healing from an injury. She chose Penny’s name because the puppy had the color of a copper penny.
Penny has really been a gift to the entire family. Just prior to Mrs. Scholl's parents moving into her house, her mother suddenly passed away. That same year, Mrs. Scholl's husband spent a couple of months in the hospital recovering from a bad infection. The family all needed a puppy…Pennylane. They call Penny their emotional support dog because she makes the entire family feel happy.
Penny is a mini Goldendoodle, which means that she is part Golden Retriever and part Poodle. Penny's mother was a mini Goldendoodle and her father was a Poodle. Penny is a hypoallergenic dog and weighs about 28 pounds. She knows lots of words including breakfast, egg, cookie, book, the first names of several people and dogs in the neighborhood, and many more.
Penny has participated in several American Kennel Club (AKC) training programs, including the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, the Philadelphia Dog Training Club Basic Obedience Training, and the AKC Good Citizen Program. She is a registered US Service Animal and her family hopes she will become a therapy dog someday and visit hospitals, libraries, and schools. As part of her training, Mrs. Scholl and her daughter read books aloud to Penny.
Thank you Mrs. Scholl for sharing Penny and Books and Barks at SHA!
*Seesaw is a safe online platform for student engagement that is relatively easy to use for lower school students and their families. Students learn to show what they have learned, using pictures, videos, drawings, and text.