Camano Island Library Pilot Project Blog

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Reading with Misty

Camano Children's Liaison Mary Jennings reports on an exciting new library program:

On February 6th we had our first “Reading with Misty” early literacy program. Camano Island volunteer Barbara Peterson and her Therapy Dog Misty shared a special reading time with local preschoolers and kindergarteners. Barbara and Misty are a trained and certified Therapy Team. Therapy Dogs are dogs with an outstanding temperament that are calm, friendly and get along with people of all ages. These canines are renowned for their literacy work with children—especially reluctant young readers who may become stressed or nervous when reading to an adult. The Therapy Dog/Handler team provides a nonjudgmental grownup and a four-legged friend who listen to a child read without correcting any mistakes or stumbles. The team simply enjoys the story while the child gains a positive literacy experience that boosts confidence and interest in reading. The children who participated in Monday’s program were completely enamored with Misty. Not only did they share a special book but there were also able to give Misty lots of gentle pats and praise. Misty, a twelve year old Sheltie, took it all in stride and seemed to truly understand and enjoy the importance of this early literacy work. The Camano Island Library Pilot Project will be offering Reading with Misty once a month. Preregistration is required. Our next program will be on March 19th at 11 am. Please check our website or call the library to register.