By Betty Kirkeminde, College Grove Branch Manager
Every Thursday afternoon, there is a dog in the College Grove Community Library. In libraries across the country, you can find the same scene, children reading to friendly, tail-wagging dogs. The atmosphere is relaxed. Reading to a dog is fun!
For some children, it is more than just a novel experience. Reading ability, like any new skill, takes practice. For beginning and struggling readers, reading aloud to adults or classmates can be stressful. Reading to a trained therapy dog takes away the stress – the dog is a non-judgmental listener. The child can relax with the dog and focus on reading.
Two recent studies by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine showed improvements of as much as 30% in reading fluency when children were paired with reading therapy dogs.
A five week study by Tufts University found that reading to a dog improved children’s reading ability and attitude toward reading.
Those involved in reading therapy programs find that children who participate are more comfortable reading aloud and read more often. As their literacy skills improve, they look forward to reading.
Two branches of the Williamson County Public Library system have reading therapy dogs who visit regularly. Children of all ages and reading abilities are invited to read to one of our reading dogs.
Betsy or Darby, who are certified by Therapy Dogs International as Tail Waggin’ Tutors, will be at the College Grove Community Library on Thursdays at 2:00 pm during July.
Reuben or Sadie, registered Reading Education Assistance Dogs, are at the Nolensville Public Library one Saturday each month. Their next visit will be on Saturday, July 26, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Please check the library’s website, wcpltn, or call the branch for updates to the schedule.
If you missed Terry Hedge’s performance on Thursday, June 5, you’re in luck!
Check out some of the photos from the event and remember, it’s still not too late to stop by and sign up for SUMMER READING!!!
By Susan Fisher, Bethesda Branch Manager
Summer’s here and school’s out! Time to relax and have fun, but did you know that kids can lose as a month or more of academic progress during the summer if they don’t read? It’s called “summer slide” and it’s what happens if kids don’t use their hard-earned skills during summer vacation. According to a report from the National Summer Learning Association, teachers often have to spend the first month of school reteaching old material to their students, causing time to be lost that could be spent on new learning.
How can summer slide be prevented? The key is to keep kids reading all summer long. If you have a reluctant reader, here are some ideas:
- Let your child’s interests guide their reading. It’s summer, so give them the freedom to read whatever they want.
- Your summer schedule may be busy, but be sure to set aside time for reading among all of your activities.
- Leave reading material around your house about subjects that interest your child.
- Let your child see you reading for pleasure. By setting a good example, you show your child that you value and enjoy reading.
Another remedy for summer slide is our Fizz Boom Read 2014 Summer Reading Program! Lots of fun programs keep kids coming to library and checking out great books all summer long. Registration is going on now at your Williamson County Public Library branch. Stop in today to sign up and start reading! We also have summer reading for teens and adults, with some great programs and prizes. Check it out on our website, WCPLtn.org
Our littlest readers were in for a treat this past Wednesday, when our two favorite (and published) miniature horses, Bucky & Bonnie came to a special storytime!
Our director, Dolores Greenwald, read the book Bucky & Bonnie’s Library Adventure and the mini horses joined us after the reading!
They offered hoof print autographed copies to patrons, and our Friends group sold copies of the book to our die hard fans!
If you missed this awesome event, log in to your Facebook account and click here to view our photo album!
And if you’re on twitter, you can click here to view our stream of live tweets of the event!