Our local Public Library has an extensive summer reading programme on offer to children in our city.
One delightful event is the chance to read to Koko, a beautiful and well-trained, 7 year old Retriever.
Koko is also a Pet Therapy dog and regularly visits the Rehabilitation wards in our local hospital with her owner.
I was keen to go along and observe such a special occasion. Dogs are incredibly good listeners and Koko was right in tune with the youngsters who sat near her and read books to her.
Apparently dogs are used in some primary schools to encourage reluctant readers to practice their reading skills with a gentle, non-judgemental, no-fail audience.
Koko’s owner was happy to share lots of information about Koko and her breed and to demonstrate how well trained Koko is.
Koko will be back for more Buddy reading next week.
I love libraries and I warmed to this quote from Caitlin Moran.
“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind;hospitals of the soul;theme parks of the imagination.
On a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen, instead. A human with a brain and a heart and a desire to be uplifted, rather than a customer with a credit card.”