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Michigan libraries participate in reading programs involving therapy dogs

Therapy dogs are being used in many libraries throughout the metro Detroit area to help motivate young children to read.  These reading programs offer a non- judgmental and stress free environment for children experiencing difficulty reading or anxieties about reading aloud.  Studies show that the use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs often result in children who feel more comfortable reading aloud, improvements in their literacy skills, as well as a development for the love of reading.

In most programs the child may chose a book from the library he or she would like to read to the therapy dog or is able to bring a favorite from home.  The child may then sit with the dog and the handler in a room or a quiet place in the library free from interruptions.  The visits are generally short, but the impact can be tremendous which often encourages the child to return for more reading sessions. 

A few libraries in the metro Detroit area participating in these reading programs  are:

Blair Memorial Library    Clawson, MI
Brighton District Library    Brighton, MI
Lincoln Park Public Library    Lincoln Park, MI
Canton Public Library    Canton, MI
Royal Oak Public Library    Royal Oak, MI
White Lake Township Library   White Lake, MI
Oxford Public Library    Oxford, MI
Rochester Hills Public Library    Rochester, MI
Bacon Memorial District Library    Wyandotte, MI
Southfield Public Library    Southfield, MI
Fowlerville District Library    Fowlerville, MI
Ypsilanti Public Library    Ypsilanti, MI
Farmington Community Library    Farmington Hills, MI
Baldwin Public Library    Birmingham, MI
Highland Township Library    Highland, MI

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