Developmental experts recognize that by reading aloud to an animal, children can improve their reading and communication skills.
Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handler as a team, going to schools, libraries, and other settings as reading companions for children. These animals have been trained and evaluated by Intermountain Therapy Animals and the Pet Partners Delta Society.
For the current school year The Kansas City Public Library is teaming with Reading Education Assistance Dogs for a series of events at the Waldo Branch, 201 East 75th St. one Saturday each month from October 2012 through April 2013.
Waldo librarians will preselect books that work best with this program. Children may choose from the assortment of books displayed on a special library cart according to the appropriate reading level.
Photos may be taken after but not during the reading session. Parents may take photos only of their own children.
Each Saturday event runs from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Children may sign up for a 10 minute slot each Saturday. Parents MUST sign a release form before children will be allowed to read with one of the dogs.
Call the Waldo Branch at 816.701.3486 or sign up in person at the Waldo circulation desk.
For more information visit www.therapyanimals.org .
The reading sessions take place on October 13, November 17 and December 15, 2012, and February 16, March 16, and April 20, 2013.
Participation is free. The program is appropriate for children ages 5 - 12.