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Written on December 23, 2010 by admin

Our 2014 Summer Reading Program “Paws to Read” IMG_20140715_142607ended Tuesday, July 29 with a family picnic. A total of seventy five children participated in the program this year. Stories, crafts, games, snacks, and prizes centered on the theme of animals with paws. Two highlights of the program this year were visits from special dogs.

“Macey,” an Australian Shepherd mix, belongs to assistant librarian Gloria McGehee and is trained in obedience. She has reached the level of “Ambassador.” Gloria and Macey demonstrated her obedient behavior to the children.

Bridgette and Lacey“Bridgette,” a standard poodle , belongs to Dixie Pederson and visited the library with assistant librarian Vicky Reetz, who is trained to handle her. She is a therapy dog who sits in on counseling sessions conducted by her owner. She provides a comforting presence to children during their therapy sessions. Several children read to her while she was here.

Both dogs were calm and well-behaved during their visits and provided opportunities for the children to interact with them and understand their special roles.

Children can still come in and earn Paw Bucks to shop at the Pet Store, which will be open every Tuesday until the start of school.

Next year, the Illinois Library Association theme for summer reading is “Read to the Rhythm.”