Connect with the Library:

Come! Sit! Read!

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Emmie and Flip, the Library’s new Reading Dogs, will be visiting the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library to encourage children to read and to be furry, non-judgmental listeners to readers. Children can sign up for a 15 minute session to read to either dog (and their handlers) in a quiet area with a book of their choice. Flip will visit on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month and Emmie will visit on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays.

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 Emmie or Flip.

Emmie is a four year old Golden Retriever who has been a therapy dog since 2013. Together with her handler, Mindy, she visits hospitals, nursing homes, schools and libraries. Emmie enjoys swimming, chasing balls, going for walks and being with friends and family. She especially loves playing with children.

Flip is a 9 ½ year old yellow Labrador Retriever and has been a therapy dog since 2008 years. He’s been visiting Maine Medical Center for the past 7 years, bringing smiles to patients, family members and hospital staff. He’s looking forward to visiting the Library with his handler, Martha. At home he loves playing tug, hanging out with his family’s cat, going for rides in the car (with the window down) and enjoying his favorite treat – Milkbones!

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

Upcoming Events:
May02
Come! Sit! Read!
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Emmie and Flip, the Library’s new Reading Dogs, will be visiting the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library to encourage children to read and to be furry, non-judgmental listeners to readers every 1st -4th Tuesday of the month.
May09
Come! Sit! Read!
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Emmie and Flip, the Library’s new Reading Dogs, will be visiting the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library to encourage children to read and to be furry, non-judgmental listeners to readers every 1st -4th Tuesday of the month.
May16
Come! Sit! Read!
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Emmie and Flip, the Library’s new Reading Dogs, will be visiting the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library to encourage children to read and to be furry, non-judgmental listeners to readers every 1st -4th Tuesday of the month.
May23
Come! Sit! Read!
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Emmie and Flip, the Library’s new Reading Dogs, will be visiting the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library to encourage children to read and to be furry, non-judgmental listeners to readers every 1st -4th Tuesday of the month.