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Kids Find Confidence Reading to Dog at Library

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.—Eight-year-old Daniel Stone Davis looked as if he could have been reading to any one of the adults in the room with him Thursday at the Mt. Kisco Public Library. However, his audience was actually the dog sitting at his feet.

Davis, along with his friend Joseph Gregoire, 3, attended the Read to Rover program at the Mt. Kisco Public Library.

The free program was started to help children become more comfortable reading aloud and provides a therapy dog for the kids to read to.

“It’s good for kids who are shy and don’t like reading aloud when a grown up or another kid who might make fun of them is around,” said Deirdre Johnson, youth service librarian.

Johnson said many kids who are too young to read come just to play with the dogs.

“Young kids that love dogs that don’t even know how to read come just to be around the dogs,” she said. “It helps them learn safety around dogs, which is good.”

This was Sarah Gregoire’s first time taking her son to the Read to Rover program.  

“We come to story time but never Read to Rover,” Gregoire said. “We’re done with camp so were looking for things to do.”

Although Joseph was too young to read the books himself, he enjoyed hearing a number of dog related stories read by Davis.

K9 Kids 4H Club sponsors the Read to Rover program. Ashley Pados, 16, is a member and the trainer and owner of Sam, the therapy dog used at the library.


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