Who Let the Dogs Out?
- Category: Kids News
- Created: Wednesday, 17 January 2018 10:35
For over 15 years, The Hayner Public Library District has been sponsoring the Bow-wow Pow-wow in the Alton Square Mall Library the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Hayner was one of the first libraries in the state to start such a program. Certified therapy dogs are brought by their handlers to the library and afford children an opportunity to read to the dogs a story or book of their choice. This activity has shown remarkable results in improving children’s reading skills and confidence as they are reading to a non-judgmental and happy tail wagging audience. Children are also welcome to just visit with the dogs and develop socializing skills with these wonderful animals. All the dogs have been certified by Therapy Dogs International and are bonded and insured. Their handlers make such generous use of their own time to voluntarily bring the dogs to the library. The dogs also visit schools, hospitals, extended care facilities, and other events. There is no registration required but the child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please join us for this fun and heartwarming event and don’t forget your camera!