Having a doggone good time!

Waushara County K9 Thor was at the Poy Sippi Public Library on Wednesday, July 14, as part of the library’s summer reading program. Deputies Brian Wenzel (left) and Alex Midthun accompanied Thor to talk about his training, job duties, and what an all-around good boy he is. Thor is a pure-bred German Shepherd, born on Christmas Day in 2016 in Germany. He came to the United States in January of 2018, was trained at the Steinig Tal Kennel in Campbellsport, Wisconsin, and began training with Deputy Wenzel soon after. Thor is a certified dual-purpose K9 trained in narcotics detection, tracking, handler protection, apprehension, and building and area searches. When not on duty, he lives at home with Deputy Wenzel and his family.

Following the K9 presentation, attendees spent some quality crafting time, making brightly colored dogs from paper. Thank you to all who came!

Don’t forget that the next summer reading program event is a bubble-blowing party at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 21. Bring the little ones and have some fun in the sun! Bubbles will be provided, but if you have any large or unusual bubble wands, bring them along. If the weather doesn't cooperate that day, there will be an indoor craft for the kiddies.

Other upcoming summer reading program events include “For the Birds” with Waushara County 4-H coordinator Heidi Hensel-Buntrock at 11 a.m. Monday, July 26. Come learn about birds and do a bit of bird watching out back of the library. The program finale will be a polka party with music, food, and lots of fun at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at the Poy Sippi Community Park. Winners will be drawn for both the children and adult reading challenges.