Meet Mario's Canine Buddy Jack in Long Branch 9/19. Get Library Card & Jack's Book: Both Free

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Mario Lopez won't be in Long Branch at 2:30 this Sunday, to talk about the book he co-authored, I'm my own dog. I'm Jack". But you can meet Jack the dog and hear his story read in English and Spanish by co-author R.C. Staab and educator Elvira Paniza.


The Long Branch Free Public Library is celebrating Library Card Sign-Up Month by hosting Jack at 2:30pm Saturday, September 19 LIVE and outdoors at Slocum Park, 328 Broadway. The first 20 families to sign up for a library card -- which is free -- get a free copy of Jack's book.


For non-Long Branch residents or workers, they can pay $20 for a library card and a Jack book or can purchase the book directly for $10. All proceeds from direct book sales will go to Associated Humane Societies in New Jersey.

“I’m my own dog. I’m Jack” by R.C. Staab and Mario Lopez, is the real-life story of a Puerto Rican puppy, Jack, who wanders away from neighborhood, gets lost, and is threatened by large dogs. With the help of a kind neighbor, he is rescued by El Faro de los Animales in Humacao, Puerto Rico/Animal Lighthouse Rescue (ALF) - a non-profit based in New York City. ALF arranges for transport to New York City, where Jack is fostered by Camp Canine, and then eventually adopted by his forever family who is searching for a companion dog.

Jack now spends lots of time at the Jersey Shore walking along the sea wall in Sea Bright, and exploring Cape May to Sandy Hook with his father, the author of 100 Things to Do at the Jersey Shore.



Mario Lopez is an Emmy Award Winning Host, NY Times Best Selling Author, Actor and Broadway Star.

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