West Unity Library would like to invite area children to make an appointment to reserve their time to come and read to a visiting therapy dog. Starting September 18th, “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” will be available on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm or by scheduled appointment.
A therapy dog that has been trained as a “Tail Waggin’ Tutor” will be at the library to listen to each child read. 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.tdidog.org/OurPrograms.aspx?Page=Children+Reading+to+Dogs.
West Unity Library is located at 109 S. High Street. For questions about the program or to make an appointment for a reading time, please contact Ruth Meyer at the library at 419-924-5237.