01-25-17: Information Station Column
Reading with Sunday the Therapy Dog
Did you know reading to dogs can boost reading skills in children as well as help with emotional and social skills?
The Sioux Center Public Library offers a chance for parents to sign their child(ren) up to read with “Sunday the Therapy Dog”. Sunday’s owner, Rob Meerdink, brings Sunday to the library one Wednesday every month from 2:30-4:15pm. Parents can sign their child up through the library’s website or by calling the library at 722-2138. We have had many positive remarks from parents and children alike. Children look forward to coming to the library because a dog is waiting for them. Also, the process of petting a dog is known to be a calming factor that can reduce stress and anxiety.
In an article written by Anita Stone titled “Reading” Dogs Help Children Learn, she states that “Though the children believe they are teaching dogs to read, in fact, with the dogs as a comfortable, attentive audience, they are actually teaching themselves. As far as the child is concerned, however, reading is about the dog, not about the child. No pressure. No embarrassment.”
If you are looking for a way to get your child excited about reading, this is for you! See how our therapy dog can help your child become a better reader for many years to come and also teach them kindness and empathy by petting Sunday and cuddling with her! Contact the library for more information or to sign your child up to read with Sunday.