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READ TO GRACE! PPL’s Library Reading Dog

Tuesday, January 21 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Audience: Kids & Families

READ TO GRACE! – PPL’s Library Reading Dog

Starting Tuesday, January 21st, 2013 (and following 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each  month) from 3:30 – 5:00

Grace, an 8 year old yellow Labrador retriever, will be visiting the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library to encourage children to read and to be a furry, non-judgmental listener to readers. Children can sign up for a 15 minute session to read to Grace (and her handler) in a quiet area with a book of their choice. 

 It has been shown that Library Reading Dogs help children become more confident readers   by providing positive and enjoyable experiences. Reading to dogs gives children important extra practice with reading and oral skills. Research studies have shown that reading fluency can increase after participating in a reading to dogs program. Although reading dog programs were started for struggling and reluctant readers, everyone is invited to read to Grace.

Grace has been a therapy dog for 4 years and works at Maine Medical Center and assisted living facilities. When Grace isn’t working she enjoys Rally, which is a new dog sport that combines agility and obedience.   She lives with her brother Mic and an African grey parrot, Bob.

This program is for children who are reading – up to age 12

Please sign up in advance by contacting The Sam L Cohen Children’s Library at 871-1700 ext. 707 or childrens@portland.lib.me.us