Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas

I would spend my free hours between library visits with my nose buried in a book, and at night, if it was past my bedtime, burrowed under the covers with a flashlight, reading.  It’s no wonder I decided at an early age that I wanted to become a writer.  To me, books were magic, and I wanted to be part o that magic.

Eileen Goudge
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

Tail Waggers Reading Club

Event Date: 
Sep 23 2014 - 4:00pm

You’re invited to join in stories with the Library’s “Reading Loving Therapy Dogs!”  This year, the LaSalle Public Library is very fortunate!  Nancy will be back with her dog, Elli, and Pam will return with her dog, Tillie, and another dog, Gus!  And we will welcome another team, Theresa and her dog, Charlie!  Plan to stop by and meet all of the reading dog teams.

Kids choose a favorite short book or story and read aloud to a Reading Dog for about 5 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.  Readers usually read more than once, depending on how many participants are at the Tail-Waggers event.

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 stories and readers!  For more information, please call the Library at 815-223-2341.  The LaSalle Public Library is located at 305 Marquette, LaSalle, IL