Friday, April 28, 2017
Recently, on a quiet and rainy Monday evening in the children’s room at Silver Spring Library, a very cute and uninhibited six-year-old girl ran up to the Information Desk. She really needed some good books to read she said, so the librarian followed her back to the picture book section ready to make some recommendations. What kind of book did she want? "No, no," she said, the book was not for her but for the puppies. The librarian followed her over to the area near our Early Literacy Center where she and her sister had commandeered a small table.
Four of our plastic animal toys (which can be imagined as dinosaurs, dogs, horses, or something else) perched on chairs around the table. I asked if the sisters were having a tea party, but no, they were reading to the “puppies”. It was so adorable. They continued reading for the next 15 minutes or so, and then played other games with the animals…taking them to the doctor, talking to them, making sure they behaved, and more. A great night at the library. Even their toddler brother wanted books, although he may have loved pulling bunches of them off the shelves the most!
We have real dogs in our library from time to time, too! Children can "Read to a Dog" on May 16 at 7:00 PM. It's great for beginner readers who want to improve their confidence and reading skills with no correction or interruption. Dogs just don't judge. No registration required.