Dog toy making at the Austintown library

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Librarians Renee Beverly and Mallory Wiand organized the annual dog toy making event at the Austintown library in celebration of the upcoming International Dog Day.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Community members used old T-shirts to creare homemade toys for their dogs on Aug. 23 in honor of the upcoming Internation Dog Day.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Librarian Renee Beverly taught community members how to use T-shirts to create homemade toys for their furry friends on Aug. 23 at the Austintown library.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Renee Beverly and Mallory Wiand, with the Austintown library, hosted their annual dog toy making event on Aug. 23.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Renee Beverly, a librarian at the Austintown branch, taught community members how to create a dog toy using old strips of T-shirts in honor of the upcoming International Dog Day.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

The Austintown library hosted it’s annual dog toy making event Aug. 23.

Librarians Renee Beverly and Mallory Wiand hosted the event for the fourth year in a row in celebration of the upcoming International Dog Day on Aug. 26.

“We are definitely the dog nutsos here,” Beverly said. “So we like to have this event every year.”

During the crafting event community members learned how to reuse old T-shirts, and make them into dog toys.

Beverly and Wiand showed community members to to cut the shirts into strips, and tie them into a toy that your dog can play with.

“Dog toys can get very expensive,” Wiand said. “These are very easy and very cheap to make which is great.”

About 10 people gathered at the event to make the toys, with more than 28 different color T-shirts available for them to use.

Wiand said that her job as Mobile Services Specialist has kept her from doing many programs, but that this one is always a must for her.

“Me and Renee both love dogs, and this program is so useful to me in my life, I just love it a lot,” Wiand said.

Both her and Beverly are dog owners, who utilize the craft throughout the year for their own pets.

“I am often just sitting by my TV at night making these,” Beverly said. “I often end up with extras and I will donate them to a shelter.”

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