This is a repeating event04/10/2019 6:30 pm
Decorah Public Library staff are continuing to partner with a dedicated group of local volunteers to bring certified therapy dogs to the library
Decorah Public Library staff are continuing to partner with a dedicated group of local volunteers to bring certified therapy dogs to the library for Dog Tales programs. Children ages 5-12 who are reading independently may come to the children’s area of the library on designated Wednesdays, from 6:30-7:15pm (Jan 9 & 23, Feb 6 & 20, March 6 & 20).
Programs similar to Dog Tales have been widely popular with kids, parents, and educators since they first started cropping up in schools and libraries more than a decade ago. Research has shown that reading aloud to dogs is beneficial to children because the presence of a dog creates an environment that is relaxed, comfortable, nonjudgmental, and fun.
A University of California, Davis study revealed that reading to dogs helped children improve their fluency by up to thirty percent. After the study, 75 percent of parents reported that their child was reading aloud more frequently and with more confidence.
Contact Kristin Torresdal at 382-3717 for more information.