Therapy dogs returning to Philippi Public Library

The Mountaineer Therapy Dogs will return to the Philippi Public Library on Saturday, July 13, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Brenda Lee, Emmit and Molly or Strawberry will be there at that time for a reading time with the dogs. This unique literacy program for school-aged children pairs the children with the Mountaineer Therapy Dogs.

Barbara Higgins of Mountaineer Therapy Dogs and owner of Brenda Lee said, “A therapy dog reading program provides a positive and fun educational experience for children and parents. They offer a calm, supportive, nonjudgmental reading friend to a child. Reading to a therapy dog can improve a child’s reading skills, boost their self-confidence and build their social skills. As an added benefit, children can learn how to interact with a dog. Mountaineer Therapy Dogs are registered and insured therapy dogs who love to listen to a good book.”

“We are happy to offer this new children’s literacy program at the Philippi Public Library and to partner with Mountaineer Therapy Dogs,” said Library Director Judy Buckner Larry. “We hope the companionship of these dogs will build and encourage the children’s love of books and animals even more.”

The library will host “Dog Tales” with the Mountaineer Therapy Dogs on the second Saturday of every month from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Space is limited and registration and parental permission are required. For more information about “Dog Tales” or other children’s literacy programs, call 304-457-3495 or stop by the library.