Here at DBRL we are so excited to welcome our younger patrons back for in-person programming with story times and plenty of Summer Reading fun. Starting next Monday, June 13th, we will also be welcoming back some four-legged furry friends that we’ve missed at the library: the therapy dogs trained at Ann Gafke’s Dogschooling! Every 2nd Monday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Columbia Public Library building, we’re delighted to again be hosting these therapy dogs for our Reading to Rover program, which encourages children kindergarten-age and older to practice their reading skills with a patient, kind, non-judgmental and totally adorable dog-listener.
Each child will get fifteen minutes of one-on-one reading time with one of the therapy dogs and their handler to share a story and hopefully some pets and/or cuddles. We’ll have a nice selection of picture books and “beginning to read” books to choose from in the Children’s Program Room — aka “The Egg” 🥚 — towards the back of the Children’s Area, but feel free to get here a little early to peruse the stacks yourself — and to snag your spot in line!
Need ideas for what to read with your new furry friend? Check out the following DBRL staff posts and lists for our recommendations.