Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas

I can’t help but imagine how many people’s lives have been changed by 100 years of reading your books.  …  I remember how it felt as a child walking into that quiet room and realizing that I could go just about anywhere I wanted.  That room was an escape from the world, and, at the same time a window onto any part of the universe that I chose to explore.  …  I still feel a sense of possibility and experience a feeling that time has stopped when I walk into a library.  I usually don’t have a particular book in mind, but like to wander around and see what I can discover.

Steve Jenkins
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

June Tail-Waggers

Event Date: 
Jun 10 2014 - 4:00pm

You’re invited to join in stories with Elli, the “Reading Loving Therapy Dog!”

Do you love dogs?  Do you love stories? Join us for Tail-Waggers.  Kids choose a favorite short book or story and read aloud to Elli for 5 to 10 minutes.  The dogs love stories, and everyone is encouraged to read.  For kids who are not yet reading independently, parents may read while the child holds the book and turns the pages.  Both the audience and the dogs love the pictures, so even non-readers can hold up the book to show the illustrations to everyone!  To help children feel confident in their reading, they should plan to read from a favorite familiar story.  Choose a book from the Library or from home.

A life-long love of reading goes hand-in-hand with a life of learning.  Kids who are confident readers not only excel in their school work, but are more willing to investigate new topics and explore their world through reading.  Reading aloud builds skills and confidence.

Kids love to read to the dogs because dogs love the stories, even when words have to be “worked out,” are missed, or are misspoken.  Dogs aren’t judgmental – they don’t correct, or interrupt; they simply, appreciate the stories and the readers!