GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Getting kids to pick up a book can be a challenge in today's society. However, Mesa County Libraries believe they have a way to get kids to read more, all with the help of a dog.
Since dogs may not understand a book, that means they are not judging kids as they read one.
That became the inspiration behind starting the “Dog Ears” program at several Mesa County Libraries.
“If a kid sits with a dog and reads, the kid is comfortable, not worried too much about their reading,” said Trevor Adams, of Mesa County Libraries.
“The dogs don’t care if they stumble or get stuck,” said Cindy Bennett, who helped start the program in Mesa County.
With every page turn, the kids pick up on that as well. “It’s a dog and a person listening so I’m not really embarrassed by anything,” said Ella Kowalski, a kid who read to a dog.
Even though the dogs may not be following along, the owners say they still love the attention.
“The dogs love it, if they didn’t love it, we wouldn’t be doing it,” said Bennett.
“So if the kids said I had fun reading to the dog, then it feels like we accomplished something,” said Adams.
The “Dog Ears” program takes place the first Wednesday of every month at the Central Grand Junction Library from 4 pm to 5 pm.
4 pm to 5 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at the Fruita Library.
3 pm to 4 pm on the third Wednesday of each month at the Clifton Library.
Call the branch ahead of time to set up a slot.