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June 29, 2016 : Canines and Kids Read Together at OUL Library



The Hannah V. McCauley Library at Ohio University Lancaster is offering local children the opportunity to read to a therapy dog through the Dog Tales program.  The dogs are part of The Connection, a dog therapy group based in Lancaster with the Harcum House, and responsible for numerous dog reading events around Fairfield County.


“June’s Dog Tales Program was a wonderful success! The children were enthusiastic and engaged and OUL’s education students were a great help, assisting the children as they chose their books,” said Judy Carey Nevin, Director, Hannah V. McCauley Library. “We look forward to an even bigger turnout in July and August.”


Dogs and their owners will be at the OUL library for two additional programs scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 1pm-2:10pm and Tuesday, August 2, 1pm-2:10pm.


Participants may bring a book from home or select a book from the library’s children’s literature collection. All participants will receive a free dog-themed book, a dog-themed bookmark, and a card with tips for reading. Students from Ohio Student Education Association (OSEA) will be on hand to talk to waiting children about the books they like to read and assist with selecting books to read to the dogs.


Carey Nevin explains the program’s concept, “Reading programs like this help families combat the ‘summer learning slide’, children may lose what they learned from the previous academic year and start the next school year behind. Some children are shy about reading aloud—they might be struggling with their reading skills and feel self-conscious about others hearing them stumble over words, or they might just be shy and not want to be the focus of attention. A proven way to help make reading aloud more exciting for these children is to give them the chance to read to an animal rather than a human. In our case, the children will be reading to therapy dogs from The Connection. The dogs are certified therapy animals, meaning they know how to sit quietly and make those around them comfortable.”


Children between the ages of six and ten are invited to register for free to read to one of the dogs. Space is limited. The library’s hours are 8am-6pm, M-Th, and 8am-5pm Fri. Please call the library to register: 740-681-3350.