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Reading going to the dogs

Published: 19 October 2023

Last Updated: 24 October 2023

Sophia Davidson aged 6

Sophia Davidson aged 6

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 26 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.

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