Wednesday, September 9, 2009

BARK-9 - Dogs at the Library!

Did you know that we sometimes have DOGS in the LIBRARY?!?

These are not just any dogs, however. The dogs are therapy dogs, part of the BARK-9 program.

What is BARK-9?
The "Books and Reading Canine" program helps to improve children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method--reading to a dog. But not just any dog, a THERAPY dog.

How does it work?
BARK-9 uses registered therapy animals who have been tested for health, safety and temperament. When these special animals come to hear children read, it's fun! And that makes all the difference.

What? Dogs can't read!
Of course they can't. But they can be great listeners, and their presence creates an inviting and motivating environment: relaxed, safe, comfortable, non-judgmental, empowering, and fun!

If you want to participate, the program will be held on the following Saturdays this fall:
October 3, 10am - noon
October 17, 10am - noon
October 31, 10am - noon
November 14, 10am - noon
November 28, 10am - noon

For more information, you can call Youth Services at 607-778-6456.

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