Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas

Many, many congratulations to you, the library staff, and all of the people of the LaSalle community.  You all understand that a library is the heart and soul of any small town.  For me, the library is home, and the books are my brothers and sisters.  I read to learn, to laugh and cry, to find myself, and to understand other.  Books help me breathe and words flow in my veins.

Laurie Halse Anderson
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!