Come! Sit! Read!
Portland Public Library’s Reading Dog program, Come! Sit! Read! will be continuing with our two furry, non-judgmental listeners Emmie and Baxter! Children can sign up for a session to read to these dogs (and their handlers) with a book of their choice. Come! Sit! Read! will be happening at the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library as well as the Riverton Branch Library.
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 with Emmie and Baxter!
The Sam L. Cohen Library will be hosting Emmie on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 3:30-5. Emmie is a six 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.
Baxter will be visiting the Riverton Branch Library on the first and third Mondays of the month from 3-4. Baxter is a 3 ½ year old Standard Poodle who has been a therapy dog for over a year. He and his handler, Kevin, also visit New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland and the Falmouth Memorial Library. Baxter enjoys playing Frisbee, chasing tennis balls, and eating cheese.
To read to Emmie please sign up in advance by contacting The Sam L Cohen Children’s Library at 871-1700 ext. 707 or email@example.com
To read to Baxter, please sign up in advance by contacting the Riverton Branch Library at 797-2915 or firstname.lastname@example.org