Read with a certified therapy dog!
On Wednesday, August 14th at 1pm, Rocky – a therapy dog – and his mom – Carol Varney – will be visiting for the final event in our 2013 Summer reading Program, “Dig into Reading.”
Now a certified therapy dog, Rocky is a gentle German Shepherd who was originally found as a stray in the North Carolina woods with a BB lodged in his head. He was adopted by Carol and her husband Bob, and then traveled to New Hampshire.
Rocky, who has also made many visits to the New Hampshire Veterans’ Home, is one of Therapy Dogs International’s “Tail Waggin’ Tutors.” Many children are anxious to practice reading aloud because they feel self-conscious and embarrassed when they make mistakes. The “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” program encourages reading development in children by providing a nonjudgmental, furry listener who won’t laugh at them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word. The child begins to associate reading with sharing a fun time with the dog, and then starts to view reading in a positive light. Because they are practicing their skills, participants’ reading ability and confidence will improve over time, which, in turn, will further their enjoyment of reading.
At our event, Carol read a short story to Rocky. Then, while the rest of us work on a fun craft, individual children will have the opportunity to take a turn reading to Rocky. The program is geared mostly toward young children but is free and open to all.
Date: Wednesday, August 14th
Time: 1:00pm (note that this is different from our past events at 10:00am)
Location: Sanbornton Public Library
For more information, call (603)-286-8288 or email SPL@metrocast.net
Want to know more about Rocky and his work? Check out the following!
http://rockytherapydog.blogspot.com/ – Rocky’s blog
http://tdi-dog.org/OurPrograms.aspx?Page=Libraries – Therapy Dogs International’s “Tail Waggin’ Tutors”