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March 17, 2013

Bark for Books

Program promotes reading skills by pairing children up with dogs


Grace agreed.

“I love dogs, and I love to read,” she said.

She discovered that even the most patient audience has its challenges. “The dog did sit on my book though.”

How Does it Work? No one knows for sure why reading aloud to a dog is such an effective way to build literacy in young children. It is thought that the dog provides a non-judgmental, pressure-free audience, which increases children's confidence. How to Get Your Dog Involved "A reading therapy dog has to be the most laid back dog," said Dog B.O.N.E.S founder Jeanne Brouillette. "They need to be obedient, and can't have any fear, or anxiety." Think your pooch has what it takes? Get more information at www.therapydog.info, or contact Dog B.O.N.E.S. Therapy Dogs at dogbonestherapydogs@comcast.net. How to Participate If your child is in kindergarten through grade three and would like to participate in the Andover B.A.R.K.S. Program, contact the Memorial Hall Library children's room at 978-623-8401, or check online for upcoming dates, at www.mhl.org/kids/programs.

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