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Innovative Reading Program Coming to Downtown Library

Some children are just too shy to read.  At least, out loud. 

The Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, is introducing a monthly series of reading events for young children wherein individual children will read out loud not to a listening adult or even to another child but to a specially trained therapy dog.  The dogs and their owners have been trained and certified through Therapy Dogs International.

“This is not a program to teach children how to read if they don’t already know,” said Downtown librarian Lisa Bradley, “but it will help them improve their reading skills and develop their self-confidence.”

April 18 will be the first time this program has been offered at the Downtown Library, and it will continue monthly on May 15, June 20, and July 18 from 3-4pm.  The Therapy Dogs have proven successful at other Metropolitan Library System locations, including The Village Library, Warr Acres Library, Belle Isle Library, Edmond Library, Choctaw Library and Bethany Library.

“I’m really excited about starting the program downtown,” Bradley added, “so the kids who visit our library can discover the joy of reading aloud to an uncritical, appreciative audience.”

 She suggests that the canine listeners especially wag their dog tails at a good dog tale.

“Bring your own,” she smiled, “or you can borrow one of ours.”

For more information on the Children Reading to Dogs program, call the Downtown Library at 231-8650, ext. 4.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.