Reading to Rover – Statesboro Library
Each month, on the third Monday, from 5-6 pm the Statesboro-Bulloch County Public Library hosts our local therapy dogs for Reading to Rover. This unique program encourages children to gain confidence in their reading skills by providing them with a specially trained canine companion who will listen without judgment. Each dog’s handler will remain with their animal during the reading sessions. This program is open to children ages 2-12, and the parent must accompany their child to the program. If you would like more information please call us at 764-1344. Many libraries throughout the United States utilize therapy dogs with children to increase their reading level, to build self-esteem, and because it is fun! New readers may be nervous reading in front of a class or to adults, but dogs are completely nonjudgmental. The library will provide special books that both the child and the dog will enjoy, or children may bring a favorite book from home. A typical afternoon of Reading to Rover will include the child, the dog, and the dog’s handler, who is present for the entire session. The child will be introduced to the animal, with a few minutes for paw shakes and head rubs. Then, it’s down to business. It’s the child’s job to read aloud and the dog’s job to listen attentively. For non-readers, an adult may read a book to the child. What could be more fun than a good book and a beloved pet to help you enjoy the story?