READ to Dogs at the Library


December 17, 2016
10:30am - 12:00pm


Lewis and Clark Library

Kids, unleash your reading skills and read to registered therapy animals. Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children between the ages 5 to 11 to the Lewis and Clark library on Saturday, December 17, at 10:30 a.m. to read to registered therapy dogs and cats. 

Youth Services Librarian Marissa Bazan explains that, “Reading aloud to registered therapy animals encourages children to practice their reading.” Bazan goes on to explain that this program is especially beneficial to reluctant readers because, “Animals are great listeners, nonjudgmental, and give kids the opportunity to practice reading in a relaxed atmosphere.”

“To ensure that each child receives maximum attention from their canine partner we have a few simple rules,” explained Bazan. To begin with, all kids who participate must be able to read. “This program is designed to help new readers become more confident and comfortable with the reading process, that’s why we partner them with registered therapy dogs who listen nonjudgmentally and provide needed encouragement at this important stage of the beginning reading process.”

The next simple rule is that parents and siblings must wait in the lobby. “Again, we really want to create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere for these young readers to practice their skills,” stated Bazan.

Kids can bring their own book to read or select from an assortment of books on hand the day of the event.  

Bazan is thankful for the program sponsor without whom this program would not be possible. “We wouldn’t be able to offer this program if it weren’t for the willingness and dedication of the Helena Chapter of Intermountain Therapy Animals and Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D).”

Registration is required by calling the Information Desk at 406-447-1690 ext. 5.

All dogs are registered and have current health certificates from a veterinarian. 

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