March is Reading Month: Sign Up to Read to a Therapy Dog!

Is your child needing practice reading?  Do you want to get more comfortable 
reading in a second language?

In the month of March, West Michigan Therapy Dogs are providing free opportunities for youth to read to a trained therapy dog. Sessions are available on Saturdays, March 5-26 at Seymour Branch and Yankee Clipper Branch.

Registration is required.  If you have trouble registering on line, call our friendly staff and we will be happy to sign you up.

West Michigan Therapy Dogs and their handlers provide an encouraging and non-judgmental environment in order to develop confidence in reading.  This program is for independent readers of any age.  I had a Grand Rapids Public School teacher call and tell me what a wonderful opportunity this is for English as a second language learners.

If you are wondering about the effectiveness of therapy dogs and how to train them,  read  Wanted: Animal Volunteers! by Mary R. Burch and A Dog Who’s Always Welcome by Lorie Long.

Kids, we have a new book, Therapy Dogs by Kimberly Hutmacher!

For more information or any questions, call Yankee Clipper Branch at 988-5415 or Seymour Branch at 988-5413.

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