Have a child who is looking to build confidence in reading skills? Sign up for Read to the Dogs at the library.
Twice a month, service dogs visit the library and young readers can spend 15 minutes reading individually with one of these quiet, attentive, non-judgmental listeners. The dogs are trained through Dove Lewis’s Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams. Each student spends time reading aloud to the dog, who is not judgmental about errors, and the fear of making mistakes then subsides, allowing the student to achieve their reading potential.
A pilot study at Tufts University has already shown that children who spend time in “read to the dog” programs show improvement in reading ability and a better attitude towards reading overall.
Readers ages 6-13 are welcome to participate. Registration is required, so please contact the library to check availability.