The Edgerton Branch Library would like to invite area children to make an appointment to reserve their time to come and read to a visiting therapy dog. Bekka and Rusty, the library fur friends, will be returning for “Tail Waggin’ Tutors”! The program will be held at the library on Mondays, twice a month, starting on March 4th, through the end of the school year. Meetings will be on March 4th and 25th, April 8th and 29th, and May 6th and 20th. From 3:30 to 4:30 pm, school age children will be able to read in 15 minute intervals to either Bekka or Rusty, Australian Terrier therapy dogs. This will be by appointment only and appointments must be made by a parent or guardian.
According to the Therapy Dog International website, “The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed and ‘dog-friendly’ atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading.” This program creates excitement about reading and is a great opportunity for children to build confidence and improve their reading skills. “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” enables children to read aloud in an environment where they do not feel self-conscious and at the same time, can enjoy the company of the therapy dogs. The participating dogs have their certificates from Therapy Dog International and are trained to be calm and gentle. More information about “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” can be found at the TDI website: http://www.tdi-dog.org/OurPrograms.aspx?Page=Libraries
The Edgerton Branch Library is located at 319 North Michigan Avenue. For more information on “Tail Waggin’ Tutors”, or to set up an appointment, please contact 419-298-3230.