Reading goes to the dogs in Lakeland

Kindergarten through seventh-grade students can sign up to read to Chase, a certified therapy dog, on the fourth Thursday of each month at the WCL Valley branch in Lakeland. (Photo courtesy of the Washington County Library)

Kindergarten through seventh-grade students can sign up to read to Chase, a certified therapy dog, on the fourth Thursday of each month at the WCL Valley branch in Lakeland. (Photo courtesy of the Washington County Library)

LAKELAND — Washington County Library Valley Branch at 380 St. Croix Trail South in Lakeland invites kids to participate in “Dog Gone Reading” beginning Feb. 26.

Kindergarten through seventh-grade students can sign up for a 15-minute block of time to practice their reading skills by reading to a dog. Dogs are great listeners and their presence creates an inviting and motivating environment. To top things off, reading to a dog is fun.

Valley Library is the second WCL branch offering Dog Gone Reading sessions. The WCL Wildwood branch in Mahtomedi offers sessions every Thursday.

Students at the Valley Library will read to “Chase” and his owner. Chase is an Australian cattle dog-smooth-coated collie mix. He herds sheep and ducks, runs agility courses, does tracking and fetches his favorite ball. Chase is a Delta Pet Partner certified therapy dog.

The first session of Dog Gone Reading with Chase is 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 26. The program continues at the same time on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Sign up to read at Valley Library’s Service Desk or call 651-436-5882.

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