Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Read to a dog at Olney

Kids of all ages can now come to the Olney Library and read to a German Shepherd named Lancer, who is a trained therapy dog from National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc.  Lancer lies down and listens to each child, who can read whatever they want during their turn.  Petting Lancer is fine!
Research has shown that reading to a dog helps with reading skills and self-confidence.  Reading to a dog gives children extra reading practice, and often motivates them to read more at home and at school.  Also, children enjoy the experience, and feel confident when reading to a dog who doesn't correct or judge them.  Petting the dog while reading can be a calming experience, and research shows that children who feel nervous about their reading often calm down and relax!
The program is drop-in, first-come, first-served,
on selected Thursday afternoons (call the library for details).
Reading to Lancer!

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