Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas

So three cheers for you and your library.  And for books and reading, too.  I don’t know about you, but I love books that can make me laugh and cry.  I love books that make me think and feel.  I love the simple act of reading a book.  It’s so private and solitary.  But if it’s a good book, it makes me feel less alone in the world.  And golly, that’s an awfully nice way to feel, isn’t it  All my best regards to you in LaSalle..

Kate Klise
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

June Tail-Waggers

Event Date: 
Jun 10 2014 - 4:00pm

You’re invited to join in stories with Elli, the “Reading Loving Therapy Dog!”

Do you love dogs?  Do you love stories? Join us for Tail-Waggers.  Kids choose a favorite short book or story and read aloud to Elli for 5 to 10 minutes.  The dogs love stories, and everyone is encouraged to read.  For kids who are not yet reading independently, parents may read while the child holds the book and turns the pages.  Both the audience and the dogs love the pictures, so even non-readers can hold up the book to show the illustrations to everyone!  To help children feel confident in their reading, they should plan to read from a favorite familiar story.  Choose a book from the Library or from home.

A life-long love of reading goes hand-in-hand with a life of learning.  Kids who are confident readers not only excel in their school work, but are more willing to investigate new topics and explore their world through reading.  Reading aloud builds skills and confidence.

Kids love to read to the dogs because dogs love the stories, even when words have to be “worked out,” are missed, or are misspoken.  Dogs aren’t judgmental – they don’t correct, or interrupt; they simply, appreciate the stories and the readers!