Monday, March 19, 2012

Sign your child up to read with a dog!

Why are there dogs in the library?

It's Dog B.O.N.E.S., an awesome opportunity for beginning readers to improve their reading skills by sharing books with a dog!

Once or twice a month, volunteers bring in registered therapy dogs for kids to read to. Children sign-up for twenty-minute sessions and share any story of their choosing. The dogs are excellent listeners (and the dogs' owners are too!). The dogs never interrupt the reader, never laugh, never correct them. Kids build reading fluency and confidence by reading out loud to a calming companion.

We work with an organization called Dog B.O.N.E.S., which stands for Dogs Building Opportunities for Nurturing & Emotional Support. They help coordinate the volunteers who donate their time to make this program available.

All sorts of research in recent years has found that reading to dogs is very beneficial, especially for struggling readers. Check out a few resources below for more info:

Interested? We've got two Dog B.O.N.E.S. dates coming up in the next couple of weeks!

Saturday, March 31 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. AND
Sunday, April 1 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Call 617-972-6435 or stop in to register for a 20-minute session!

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