Here’s an article with a heart-warming story of how a poodle mix helps children with reading at a local public library. This is a specially trained Labradoodle named Bentley and he is a reading companion that accompanies children in the Foley Public Library at specific days and times.
I thought that this story was of interest because it shows that not only can therapy dogs be an asset to children’s education, but what a great way to get kids to show up at a library and motivate them to sit down with a good book. As a poodle lover myself, I thought that this was a great story about an excellent program geared towards children, so please read on about the poodle mix helps children with reading.
Bentley, a highly trained, certified “R.E.A.D. Program” Golden Labradoodle will soon join the Foley Public Library’s part time staff! Thanks to the Reading Education Assistance Dogs® program, Bentley and his human, Lynda Folks, will be in the children’s area of the library waiting for YOU to come by and read! R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their handler as a team, going to schools, libraries, and many other settings as reading companions for children.
I thought this was a great example of a creative way to incorporate a trained service dog into a children’s section of a library, making the experience of going to the library that much more enjoyable and exciting for these kids who get to meet Bentley, the poodle mix helps children with reading.
I learned more about the R.E.A.D. (which stands for Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program by checking out their website which tells all about the program. Here’s what I discovered about this great program:
The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy mentors.
The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog. R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children.
Today, thousands of registered R.E.A.D. teams work throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and beyond. R.E.A.D. is one of those ideas that, in the words of Bill Moyers, “pierces the mundane to arrive at the marvelous.”
Intermountain Therapy Animals, a nonprofit organization, launched R.E.A.D. in 1999 as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of reading to dogs, and the program has been spreading rapidly and happily ever since!
I can see why this would be a great part of any library and would be a terrific addition to any library. I hope to see this program expanded and really enjoyed learning about how this poodle mix helps children with reading.