Dog Day Afternoons at The City Library

Once a week at the Main Library, Anderson-Foothill Branch, and Chapman Branch, The City Library partners with Intermountain Therapy Animals’ R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs program to present Dog Day Afternoons, a program which offers children the chance to improve on their reading and communication skills by reading to a therapy animal.

Research shows that animal-assisted reading programs have a positive impact on children’s reading skills. In a 2014 study published in Child & Youth Care Forum, children originally classified as poor readers by the ESSI Reading Test who spent time reading to therapy animals improved their reading scores more than other poor readers who read to adults or to a teddy bear. Another study published in Early Childhood Education Journal stated that reading in the presence of a companion animal reduces anxiety for children who are struggling or reluctant readers.

R.E.A.D. was launched in 1999 in Salt Lake City by Intermountain Therapy Animals and has since grown to include more than 3,000 therapy teams around the world. In every location where R.E.A.D. takes place, children, parents and guardians, teachers, and librarians have seen the positive impact therapy animals have had on reluctant readers.
For more information on when Dog Day Afternoons and other weekly kids events take place at various City Library locations, visit our events page.