Ice is back!!
Tuesday, December 3 @5:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 12 @ 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 19 @ 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Appointments available every 15 minutes
For readers going into Grade 1 and above.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!
What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love to read.
Why read to a dog?
Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears. Animals are ideal reading companions because they:
* help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure
* listen attentively
* do not judge, laugh or criticize
* allow children to proceed at their own pace
* are less intimidating than peers
When a dog is "listening" fear of failure is removed allowing a child to learn more effectively. The dog's handler is a skilled facilitator who provides subtle support without creating performance pressure in the child.
Results are significant!
Participating kids make enormous strides in reading ability with measurable increases in vocabulary, comprehension, and general fluency as a reader. This increase in reading ability goes hand in hand with an improvement in communication skills which in turn foster self-esteem, confidence, and enhanced social skills.
Come read to Ice and Mrs. Wakeling for 15 minutes to read to them in our picture book section.
We ask that parents stay in the library but not in the picture book section during their child's appointment. You can bring a book of your own or borrow one from us.
This program is appropriate for beginning readers entering grade one and up. Registration is required. You may register online by clicking the appropriate link on our calendar, by calling 203-775-6241 or in person at our Checkout Desk. There is no fee for this program.