As children learn to read, or are working on reading more smoothly, one of the best ways for them to build their skills is to read out loud. Hearing their own voice speak the words lets them gain familiarity with how words sound, and can give them confidence as they work through the words to tell a story.
Where better to read out loud than in a literary environment like the library? And who is more comforting and supportive than man’s best friend? Every Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Dundee Library, children ages 5-10 can sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read to a certified therapy dog.
Who are these certified therapy dogs, you ask? Well, we currently have nine dogs that visit on a rotating schedule. Typically, we have one or two dogs here on Sunday, although if there is a high demand for time slots, a third dog might join them. No two dogs are of the same breed, and they range from a small, short-haired Boston Terrier to a large and extremely fluffy Samoyed.
Since dogs cannot speak, they provide the perfect receptive ear for readers who are working on gaining confidence. They simply listen and enjoy anything that is being read to them. Plus, the dogs are always up for cuddling!
Depending on the week, you might see Brandy, Dickens, Trucker, Wagner, G.G., Tessa, Kody, Daisy, or Luna. If you make a particular dog friend, you can always ask at the children’s desk to find out when they will be back so that you can read to them again!