Thursday, July 26, 2007

Read to Your Dog?

Librarians wage the battle for literacy and library use using all means imaginable and some means you would never imagine, including programs where children can read to a dog! According to a post on a librarians listserv-
Libraries that Offer Dog Reading Programs include:
Maywood Public Princeton Public Ridgewood Public (22 dogs !), Somerville Public, occasionally Caldwell Public which had a successful program, but currently can’t find interested dogs/handlers, Keansburg Waterfront Public, Middletown Public, Cape May Public, Randolph Public, occasionally Morris County, Highland Park Public, occasional starting in July 2007 East Brunswick Public, Roxbury Public River, Vale Public, just starting Watchung Public, occasionally Parsippany Public, Springfield Public, Wharton Public, Bernards Township Public, occasionally Wood-Ridge Public, occasionally Henry Inman Branch of Woodbridge Public, South Brunswick Public and possibly others...
Many people think that dogs prefer picture books about dogs like Gene Zion's classic Harry the Dirty Dog, or the really funny Detective LaRue by Mark Teague featured on this summer's NJ Summer Reading Program poster. Sources not-for-attribution, but rather hairy, tell this blogger that cookbooks are also popular in the canine literary community. Never assume, reading tastes are so personal.

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