Do you have a new reader who needs a listening ear and some snuggles with a furry friend? Visit the library! We’re delighted to host Love on a Leash for “Pawsitive” Reading sessions throughout the 2017-2018 school year.
Our Love on a Leash friends are certified therapy dogs who volunteer with their handlers to bring joy and comfort to schools, nursing facilities, hospitals, day care centers, libraries, and others in the community. These particular friends are Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.), who support emergent and reluctant readers with love, patience, and a caring ear in a comfortable setting. Dogs can’t read, but they’re wonderful listeners! Their calm, quiet presence allows children to become confident as they read at their own pace, without judgement or pressure.
Reading sessions are held each month on the 1st and 3rd Friday afternoons and the 1st Tuesday evenings. Each session is 15 minutes long; readers may sign-up at the Youth Services desk. Participants must be independent readers and comfortable with dogs.