Gilman Library Reading Dog Program
The Gilman Library in Alton is pleased to offer a children's reading dog program. The free program pairs children with mellow, friendly dogs in a safe, one-on-one setting. The children read out loud to their canine partners from books they choose themselves, without any judgment or pressure to succeed. Programs like these have been shown to raise confidence, improve reading skills and increase a child's enjoyment of the reading process.
Ginnie is a very sweet and relaxed lab mix, certified as a therapy dog by Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Her handler is a professional writer and former English and social studies teacher who has worked with children at all grade levels. Half-hour sessions are available every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00-4:00 p.m., one child per session. The young readers are urged to come weekly for at least a month, with the option of continuing after that for as long as they like. Children of all ages are welcome.
To register, or for more information on the program, please contact Holly Brown, library director, at (603) 875-2550 or GilmanLibrary@Metrocast.net. Details about similar reading programs can be found at TDI's website. Also, if you have a dog who might be suitable for the program, and are interested in volunteering, feel free to contact the library.