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?