The is asking patrons to "unleash" their imaginations, and share a book with their four-legged friends.
The library, in Bridgehampton, is holding its inaugural "Read to Your Dog" photo contest — though pictures with any type of animal will be accepted. Entries will be printed in an 8-by-10 format, matted and hung in the library's Geri Bauer Gallery for a summer-long exhibition. Prizes will be awarded for the most charming, most appropriate choice of reading material, and more categories. "A little humor won't hurt your chances," said Kelly Harris, the Hampton Library director.
The Hampton Library periodically hosts sessions for children to read to a dog. The program is designed to help young children learn how to read and feel more confident reading aloud to an audience. But this contest is not only open to kids — it's for adults and whole families as well.
The library is asking for photos to be in by July 1, but late entries will be considered. Pictures on display will be labeled with the title of the book, the pet's name, and the first name of the entrants. However, submissions should include a last name and phone number so the library can contact winners.
Photos should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wishing to participate who don't have a camera of their own can call 631-537-0015 to set up an appointment to have their photo taken with their pet and a book — either from home or from the library's collection — in the library's yard.
You can also share your photo to the slide show here by clicking the "Upload Photos and Video" button beneath the photo of Harris with her dog Atlas, reading "Atlas Shrugged."