Christchurch City Libraries Reading to Dogs programme is designed to provide a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere which encourages children to practice their reading skills and develop a love of reading.
The programme uses dogs who are now the beloved pets of the Christchurch City Council Animal Control team. These furry friends have all been trained and tested for health, safety and temperament.
Library staff and a dog handler will be present at all times to help facilitate the sessions.
Each session is 15 minutes long. Bookings are essential, please call 941 7923
See our calendar of Reading to Dogs events:
Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre 341 Halswell Road
Tuesdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm
New Brighton Library 213 Marine Parade
Wednesdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Papanui Library 35 Langdons Road
Thursdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm
More about Reading to Dogs
Read the Newsline article: Christchurch kids love reading to dogs
• Can increase a child’s relaxation while reading
• Listen attentively
• Do not laugh, judge or criticise
• Allow children to proceed at their own pace
• Can be less intimidating than a child’s peers
Reading aloud is critical when children are learning. However, many children have difficulties reading and become self conscious when reading in front of their peers. Libraries and schools around the world have found that by sitting down and reading to a friendly dog, a child’s fear of being judged or laughed at ‘over mistakes’ disappears. Over time, the child’s reading ability and self-confidence improves and they begin to associate reading with a pleasant experience.