A dog biscuit is a great way to put a wag in a puppy’s tail, but so too is storytime, at least in OPL’s Children’s Room, where kids are invited to read to Lexie, a gentle, hypoallergenic book-loving Javanese.
This fall, Reading to Lexie takes place on three Sunday afternoons from 2:30 to 3:30: October 6th, November 3rd, and December 8th.
And while Lexie loves the program, its real beneficiaries are OPL kids, who can practice their reading ability before an attentive, nonjudgmental dog, thereby building their read aloud skills, literacy strengths, and self-esteem. The program also helps kids associate reading with something pleasant, fun and social, and might provide them with added incentive to read at home — using their own pets as audience. But if a pet isn’t readily available at home, Lexie is a great stand-in. Not only is she extremely adorable, but she is also well-credentialed, having graduated from the Good Dog Foundation, an organization that provides therapy dog services to people in health care, social service, educational, and community settings throughout the Metro New York Area.
All young readers, ages 12 and younger, are welcome to meet, greet, and read their favorite stories to Lexie this fall. And while Lexie is a big fan of all stories and tales, she has a particular fondness for those that feature dogs!