The final “Read to the Dogs” event that was part of the Northumberland Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program ended Tuesday August 25.
The program, held every Tuesday in August, let children of any age may come in with a book in hand and read aloud for 10 minutes or so to a docile dog. Library books also were used. Dog handlers read aloud to non-readers who wanted to share in the fun.
At the final session, Cindy Salesky and her trained and certified therapy dog Louie, a Papilion, were on hand. “It’s wonderful,” Salesky said, as she read a story to Braden Amiss, 4. “I have two therapy dogs” and they perform similar services at the Lancaster Elementary School on Fridays from October to May.
This was the second year the library held “Read to the Dogs” and it proved popular with the children. Typical was young Braden Amiss at the final 2015 session. “Yes I’m enjoying” it, he said.
Cindy Salesky reads to Braden Amiss, 4, as he holds Louie, her trained therapy dog on August 25 during the Northumberland Public Library’s final “Read to the Dogs” event. Photo by Don Hirst