ILA Best Practices

Bow wow Pow wow: Therapy Dog Story Hour

Posted on: December 22, 2008

The Hayner Public Library District in Alton IL has implemented a program titled “Bow wow Pow wow.” On the second Saturday of every month, handlers bring certified therapy dogs to the Hayner Youth Library. Library staff sets out an attractive collection of books for varying ages and reading skill levels and the children are invited to come “read to the dogs.” They pick out books (or can bring their own) and sit with a dog and read to it. Some children who are not reading yet just play with the different dogs or a parent will read to the child and dog together.

This has been an incredibly fun and rewarding project for all involved- the kids, parents, handlers and staff! We also are immensely grateful to the handlers who generously volunteer their time this month and have been instrumental in making this program a success. Submitted by Bernadette Duvernoy, Public Relations Coordinator

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