Who wants to read to a dog? This program where kids read to therapy animals will be held at the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library on Thursday, January 31 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Please register at least three days prior to the event. Register in the Children’s Room or by phone (766-0171).
This program is an effective and fun way to improve children’s reading and communication skills through the assistance of Caring Hearts Pet Therapy registered therapy animal teams as literacy mentors. The child reads to the pet as the pet quietly lays close by. The child is encouraged to pet, engage and connect with the pet.
These registered pets can be ideal reading companions because they help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure. Unlike peers, animals are attentive listeners. They don’t judge or criticize, so children are more comfortable and inclined to forget about their own fears. It can enhance a child’s love of reading! A great foundation for a lifetime of learning.