Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Lancer Takes a Break; Coming Soon: Brutus!

We're so lucky that Lancer, a friendly German Shepard, and his mom, Ellen, visit Olney Library each week! Children line up each Thursday to have the opportunity to read to Lancer, who is a trained therapy dog.

He is affiliated with National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc., a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that provides animal-assisted therapy to many people.

Beginner readers love reading to Lancer, who is gentle, warm-hearted, attentive, and always enjoys a good story, along with a good belly rub!

Sometimes, he follows along with the reader

Other times, he sits down to listen more carefully...

But he always loves to give kisses for a job well done!

Now that it's summer, Lancer will be taking a vacation from his duties at Olney. He and his family will be relaxing and enjoying summer activities like traveling, playing in the yard, and visiting friends.

Thank you, Lancer, for coming each week to visit with Olney readers. So many children have developed confidence in their reading and enjoyed spending time with you. We can't wait to see you again in the fall!

Olney Library's favorite dog, Lancer, with Librarian Heather Wright (left) and his mom, Ellen Agler

While Lancer is on summer break, we're so pleased that Olney Library will have another cuddly canine companion, Brutus, who will help children practice their reading and improve comprehension skills. Starting this Thursday, Brutus will be at the library from 3:30 - 5 pm on the following dates:
  • June 25
  • July 2, 9, 23, and 30
  • August 6, 13, 20, and 27
This program is recommended for children in the first, second and third grades, and no registration is required. Please stop by this summer to meet Brutus!

See more pictures of Lancer here; photos of Brutus coming soon.

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