Saturday, June 23, 2012

Reading to Dogs: Summer 2012 Edition

 The start of Reading to Dogs hour at the Easton Public Library always feels like the beginning of summer.  As we have in past years, Kate and I will be spending our Thursday mornings at the EPL hearing many wonderful stories shared with us by some equally wonderful young readers.

The library staff provides a selection of books (last Thursday's picks are pictured there on the left--notice a theme? :)  ), or readers can choose their own book to read from the library's collection.

The dogs have their own room, just around the corner from the main entrance.  In the second photo, you can see the carpet squares provided by the library staff:  one for the dog and one for the reader (we human escorts get chairs!).  But  it was so hot last Thursday that all of the dogs were happier to stretch out on the cool linoleum floor.  Thankfully, the building is air-conditioned!

Kate seems to really enjoy these library visits, and I enjoy watching her at work.  Her calm and relaxed demeanor helps the kids to relax as well.  Sometimes they twirl her fur as they read.  Sometimes they interrupt their reading to ask me questions about her.  Kate has never been an over-the-top in-your-face kind of dog.  She typically presents new acquaintances with her back end, gladly accepts a few butt scratches, and then settles down.  Sometimes she'll roll over so the reader can give her a belly rub.

For anyone local who might be interested, Reading to Dogs hour at the Easton Public Library (515 Church St.) happens every Thursday from 10-11 through mid-August.  Contact the library for more details.

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