Dog Gone Good Readers: Dogs + Kids Read Together at Green Lake Library

January 8, 2015 6:49am

via Green Lake Branch Library

If you’ve read Seattle Greenlaker for any stretch of time you know how smitten we are with dogs and the dog culture that thrives in our area – especially around the running path of Green Lake. So when we found out that the Green Lake Branch Library is partnering with Project Canine’s certified therapy dogs to help to inspire, interact and READ with kids we were ecstatic.

The program is open to children in grades K-8 who will learn how to safely interact with dogs, understand elements of humane and compassionate treatment of all living beings while reading a book of their choice to a dog that is non-judgmental and ultimately supportive.

According to Project Canine’s website, research indicates that children in reading support programs feel less stress and experience higher self-esteem when reading to a dog than when reading aloud to a friend.

The program’s dogs are all handpicked to enjoy their time with children, and many of them are trained to turn the pages of a book! Green Lake is one of only two libraries to have this program.

To register for the first session contact the Green Lake Branch library 206-684-7547.

This program runs every other Sunday from 3-4 pm January 11, 25 – February 8, 22 – March 8, 22.