Independent readers are welcome to join us in reading to some adorable four-legged friends. Our visitors are certified therapy dogs (with their trainers), and are more than excited to see you.
What you can expect: This drop-in program invites emerging readers to read with a certified therapy dog and their trainer. Dogs and trainers will be available on a first come first serve basis in DPL’s children’s section. Readers can select a book of their choice to read with a dog. Participants can read a book with the dog…or more than one book if their aren’t other readers waiting. It’s an opportunity to both practice skills and to have positive and affirming experiences with books and with the library. Readers are “old enough” to participate when they can engage with a book independently and be safe and respectful with our animal visitors–we’re not necessarily looking for a specific level of phonic fluency. Readers under 8 should be accompanied by an adult. Please feel free to reach out to Rachael at [email protected] for any additional questions about accessibility, accommodations or logistics.