Lily Storytime

With Carolyn Mueller-Kelly
| 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Neighborhood Reads Back Yard

Lily calls Joplin, Mo., home. A boisterous Weimaraner with super smarts and an incredible sniffer, Lily is trained to be a search and rescue dog. One day Lily becomes very sick. She survives a mysterious illness with the help of veterinarians and her owner/best friend Tara by her side. Lily’s recovery is a miracle, but her challenges are far from over. A mere month later, Joplin is hit by a massive tornado that runs smack through the center of the city. The tornado leaves a changed town in its wake. Lily’s bravery and resilience are put to the test, as she is called upon to help put her city back together, piece by piece. Join Lily as she lives right, trains hard and fights the good fight. This is a true story of hope and hometown heroes, celebrating the courageous spirit of a city and a very special dog. Make sure to check out The Purina Incredible Dog Team performances later in the afternoon for even more incredible dogs!

Carolyn Mueller-Kelly


Carolyn Mueller-Kelly

Carolyn Mueller is a zookeeper at the Saint Louis Zoo and the author of Lily: A True Story of Courage and the Joplin Tornado, Missouri Almanac, and Forest Park: A Walk through History. She spends her days training a variety of animals, ranging from a sloth to porcupines, for summer shows at the Emerson Children's Zoo. She has spent the last decade living within two miles of Forest Park and countless hours and miles exploring its bike paths and running trails with her husband and two children.
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by Carolyn Mueller-Kelly

Washington, MO, August 25–27

Mark your calendars for the next Missouri Book Festival: September 13–14, 2024!