Furry reading companions at Bettendorf and Davenport Libraries

One core experience of childhood is learning how to read. Those literacy skills are the basis of life-long learning and the more adults give their child a print-rich environment with literature, the greater their knowledge and skills will grow. However, when it comes to reading out loud, most children shy away from doing it. The Bettendorf Library and Davenport Libraries have set out to fix that mindset by helping children with a furry friend.

Read to a Dog

During 2018, both libraries have acquired reading assistance dogs for preschool and school-age children to read with and read to as part of the lifelong mission to keep individuals reading and learning at every stage in life. The Bettendorf Library states, “Children have the opportunity to read aloud to dogs from Quad City Canines. This is great practice for kids and helps them build their vocabulary and self-confidence.”Image result for bettendorf library

The program takes place at the Bettendorf Library on the first Thursday of every month from 6-7 p.m. The program at the Eastern Davenport Library campus takes place on the second Monday of each month from 5:3o-6 p.m. The mission to keep young readers engaged doesn’t end there. Check out their list of additional resources and programs to aid as readers progress.

Bettendorf Public Library is located at 2950 Learning Campus Drive.  The Eastern Davenport Library campus is located at 6000 Eastern Avenue. For more information, visit the Bettendorf Library website, and/or the Davenport Library website or contact them at their respective phone numbers.


About the author

Katy Williams Henderson A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a Preschool through 4th Grade ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She is working on a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her husband and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU and now for The Princeton Review's Tutor.com.

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