Local therapy dog organization, Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, provides this wonderful opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 who have experienced reading difficulties or who just need to practice their reading. Therapy teams are partnered with children who polish their skills by reading aloud to a dog. Children read to dogs in 20-minute shifts, once a week for six weeks. The spring session will run from March 5th to April 14th. Pre-registration is required for most branches. Please register by contacting the person listed at the branch where you wish to register your child. The schedule is as follows:
- Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street
No need to register for drop-in sessions to read to Pax, who will be available Thursdays, March 7 through April 11 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
- Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
No need to register for drop-in sessions to read to Pearl or Harry, who will be available Sundays, March 10 through April 14, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
- Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street
E-mail Ellie at firstname.lastname@example.org to register to read to Daisy, who will be available Sundays, March 10 through April 14 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
- Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
Call Mimi at 402-217-9019 to register to read to Hugh the dog, who will be available Thursdays, March 7 through April 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Read to a Cat also available! E-mail Allison at email@example.com to register to read to Rainy the cat, who will be available Tuesdays, March 5 through April 9 from 7:00-7:50 p.m.
- South Branch Library, 2675 South Street
E-mail Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org to register to read to Nanook, who will be available Sundays, from March 10 to April 14 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
- Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14 Street
E-mail Angela at Anjherbert@me.com to register to read to Mojo, who will be available Saturdays, March 9 through April 13 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.