Taradale Library is going to the dogs with their new kids’ reading programme.
Children are being invited to snuggle up with a pooch and boost their reading confidence through the Reading To Dogs Programme.
Nicola Saunders, Napier Libraries’ Manager, says the free programme gives kids a chance to practice their reading skills in a non-judgmental, relaxed setting.
“Reading to dogs is a fun way to help tamariki improve their literacy, self confidence and self- esteem,” explains Nicola. “Kids can practice reading as well as develop their love of reading. When they read to a furry friend, their focus and confidence around reading aloud and talking about their book soars!”
Reading To Dogs is open to children aged 6 and older, and places must be booked ahead of time. The 15-minute slots are on Thursday afternoons between 3:15pm – 4:15pm from 16 October until 30 November.
The programme is a collaboration with Canine Friends Pet Therapy, a New Zealand-wide network of people who share their friendly, well-behaved dogs for various supportive programmes. All participating dogs have gone through safety and temperament assessments.