Caroline and Hank will available at the Milford Memorial Library.
Hank is a great listener and loves to listen to all kinds of stories. “This is a great opportunity for kids to read to an animal who is non-judgmental and Caroline is a fantastic listener and has a good connection with kids,” said Beth Sorenson, director of the Milford Memorial Library. Children who are beginner readers or just want a chance to improve on reading aloud are encouraged to come read to Hank. Children can read to Hank on a first come, first serve basis. The amount of time a child will get to read to Hank is determined by the length of the book, child’s reading level, and the number of children waiting to read to Hank.
Reading to a therapy animal can be very beneficial to improving the literacy skills of children. According to www.therapyanimals.org/R.E.A.D.html “The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal.” For more information on R.E.A.D and research done on the topic of reading to animals you can go to www.therapyanimals.org/R.E.A.D.html.
Caroline and Hank will also make an appearance at the Milford Memorial Library’s Get Acquainted with Hank program for children Thursday, April 6, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. “It is wonderful to get acquainted with them [Caroline and Hank] and then have them at the library the coming weekend,” said Betty Naab, children’s librarian. Children will get to meet Caroline and Hank and learn more about how to act around dogs.