“I don’t read anything. I want to read something.” A warm young man in sunglasses and a neon hat searched through the little Bookleggers library set up in Collins Park on Sunday. Nathaniel, the creator of Bookleggers, helped him pick out The Kite Runner. It was Bookleggers theory in action, like a reverse Field of Dreams: the people are here, build them a library.
It’s hard to imagine anything better than free books, but it turns out there is something: free books surrounded by dogs. At Bookleggers’ dog-themed event on Sunday, Dogleggers, attendees snuggled sleepy pups while browsing through books like The Poetry of Robert Graves, Underwater Dogs, and The Puppy Diaries.
Sporting Emily Dickinson bandanas, Alamo, Lusinda, Monkey, Otto, Shiver, and many more shared doggie bags of pretzels and popcorn with their people and walked the red carpet. Dog-owners typed up poems for their pooches, to be compiled into a small anthology at the end of the month. And best of all, Jamie’s Rescue had brought a small kennel of puppies ready for adoption. Eight of them went to new homes that same day.
As the event came to a close, a small child had to pry one of Jamie’s Rescue puppies from my arms, and I walked to the car with a biography of Teddy Roosevelt and a Poetry Pop, my legs licked clean.