Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce - Event Information
Dog Tales Winter Session
Member Event Community Event
Decorah Public Library staff are continuing to partner with a dedicated group of local volunteers to bring certified therapy dogs to the library several times a month for Dog Tales! During Dog Tales programs, school age children who can read independently may come to the children’s area of the library to read aloud to certified therapy dogs.
02-01-17 02-15-17 03-01-17 03-15-17 03-29-17
Decorah Public Library 202 Winnebago St Decorah, IA
Programs similar to Dog Tales have been widely popular with kids, parents, and educators alike since they first started cropping up in schools and libraries ten years ago. Research has shown that reading aloud to dogs is beneficial to children because the presence of a dog creates an environment that is relaxed, comfortable, nonjudgmental, and fun.
A University of California, Davis study revealed that reading to dogs helped children improve their fluency by up to thirty percent. After the study, 75 percent of parents reported that their child was now reading aloud more frequently and with more confidence.