The Mountaineer Therapy Dogs will return to the Philippi Public Library from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Children are welcome to spend some time reading to the dogs.
This unique literacy program pairs the children with the specially trained therapy dogs, like Emmett, the Bernese mountain dog owned by Nicole Klee of Morgantown, to act as non-judgmental listeners for young readers.
Reading to a therapy dog can improve a child's reading skills, boost their self-confidence and build their social skills.
Emmett, a Bernese mountain dog owned by Nicole Klee of Morgantown, is read to by Glenda, Emma and Taylor at the Philippi Public Library.
"Reading to the therapy dogs helps calm the children and relieves the pressure of embarrassment if they make a mistake," said Library Director Judy Buckner Larry. "The children are excited to see the dogs and to read to them each month. If the children are too young to read, they can still participate by showing the dogs the pictures or telling the dog a story. The dogs love a good story!"
Other Mountaineer Therapy Dogs include Toy Poodle Brenda Lee, owned by Barbara Higgins, and two miniature Italian greyhounds, Strawberry and Molly, both owned by Becky Conrad.
Philippi Public Library is fortunate to be one of six West Virginia libraries that the dogs and their owners visit for reading
The library hosts Dog Tales with the Mountaineer Therapy Dogs on the second Saturday of every month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Space is limited and registration and parental permission are required. For more information about Dog Tales or other children's literacy programs, call 304-457-3495 or stop by the library.