May 21, 2017 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Mariners Branch Library
Come to the library and share a book with a furry friend.
Courtesy of BARK (Beach Animals Reading with Kids), you can practice your reading skills with a specially trained dog in a one-on-one reading session. Your BARK partner will be happy to listen quietly as you read a good story.
Reading spaces are limited, so sign up today to reserve your spot.
This activity is open to school-age children ages 5-12 and there is no charge for this event.
WHAT? A ten-minute individual reading session with a trained BARK dog
WHERE? Jorgensen Community Room, Mariners Library
1300 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660
WHEN? Sunday, May 21, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.548.2411
More about program:
Does Reading to the Dogs Really Help?
Yes! A study at UC Davis (Feb 2010) showed that kids in reading dog programs increase their reading skills by 12% to 20% over kids not in a reading dog program. Because our volunteers are certified as therapy dog teams, they can also visit hospitals, nursing homes and other locations.
Founded in 2007, BARK is an all-volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. Students find it intimidating to read in front of classmates, but love to read to the non-judgmental, calming dogs. BARK now has 170 teams listening to kids in more than 100 schools and libraries in California.
BARK teams also visit nursing homes, senior living facilities, veterans’ centers, and even college students during finals week.