Kim Terry, Director of Marketing and Communications
Published: February 10, 2011
It may sound odd, but a study at the University of California, Davis, indicated that reading aloud to a canine listener can improve a child’s reading skills by as much as 12 percent over a ten week period.
“One of the biggest stumbling blocks to a child’s success in reading out loud,” said Capitol Hill librarian Jennifer Jones, “is the fear that someone will laugh when the reader makes a mistake. Trained therapy dogs are non-judgmental and comforting.”
Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26th Street, is conducting two Children Reading to Dogs sessions on Saturday, February 12, at 11:00a.m.and again at 1:00p.m.
“Like any other skill,” Jones said, “it takes practice to master reading aloud. Kids who practice with a dog friend build their self confidence and their ability to complete homework assignments and participate at school.”
For more information about Capitol Hill’s Children Reading to Dogs sessions or to register, call the library at 606-3245. For more information about any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.
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.