BRUTUS: He enjoys teenage fiction stories and memoirs of European philosophers.
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Read to your pet: Story Dogs in Ballina this Monday

THE guest speaker at this month's Friends of the Library meeting at Ballina Library will talk about the Story Dogs.

This scheme involves using dogs to help children develop greater confidence when learning to read.

The Story Dogs not-for-profit organisation was formed in 2009 in Murwillumbah, by Leah Sheldon and Janine Sigley, both parents of primary and high school children.

Story Dogs is based on the American literacy program Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) which was launched in 1999 in Utah, USA, as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of children and young adolescents reading to dogs.

A number of well-trained dogs will also be present at the Ballina event.

Free and open to the public with light refreshments afterwards.

  • At the Ballina Public Library, 6 River St, Ballina, this Monday, July 4, from 9.45am.

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