Bow Wows and Books
Bow Wows and Books is open to the public at the Seattle Public Library's Northgate and Green Lake branches on Sundays from 3-4pm. The program alternates between the branches during the school year so be sure to click here to see our Bow Wows and Books schedule. Click the video above to see this program featured on The Seattle Channel. Click below to see coverage of the program from Q13 Fox.
Bow Wows and Books is a children's literacy support program based on Intermountain Therapy Animals' well-respected R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) curriculum. Research has shown that children in reading support programs feel less stress when reading aloud to a dog than when reading aloud to a friend. Moreover, children who read to dogs experience higher self-esteem about reading, which may make them more receptive to reading support programs that don't include dogs. And dogs just love being read to!
All participating teams are trained and certified through Project Canine's Connecting Canines Animal Assisted Therapy program. Teams receive an additional three hours of training in therapy-dog-based literacy support and safe handling around children. Our program incorporates elements of our Operation Opie bite prevention program to ensure that children have a safe experience with all dogs.
If you want to join Bow Wows and Books please click the "tell me more" link below. (Note: you must be a certified team with Project Canine to participate.)