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Hernando Library Offers Kids Chance to Read to a Dog

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The program, which is free, is made possible through dedicated volunteers with dogs trained and certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando County Public Library System has launched a program for children: Read with Jesse & Turbo.

The program features two therapy dogs that have been trained to allow children to read to them.

All reading sessions are free of charge but registration is required for each reader and is provided on the library system’s online calendar in 15-minute slots. Limit one child per 15-minute session plus one sibling or friend, if desired.

“We are so thankful for the volunteers that will be bringing their therapy dogs to our libraries,” said Susan Kiley, Library Services Manager for HCPLS. “Reading to therapy dogs can help reluctant readers by reducing their anxiety about reading aloud. Children focus on the dog and begin to feel less self-conscious about reading. The connection with these dogs can have a lasting impact fostering a love of reading and lifelong literacy.”

The program is made possible through dedicated volunteers with dogs trained and certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

Available reading slots can be booked through the online calendar on these dates and locations:

Read with Jesse at the Main Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville; Tuesday (Aug. 13), 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Read with Turbo at the Spring Hill Branch, 9220 Spring Hill Drive; Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Read with Jesse at the West Hernando Branch, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Brooksville; Aug. 22, 4 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 4:30, p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Go to HernandoCountyLibrary.us or call (352) 754-4043 for information or questions on how to register.

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