Fred is a mature golden retriever therapy dog. Reading to Fred improves literacy skills, builds fluency, and reading confidence regardless of ability. Fred’s ‘Mom’, Shelly has been a part of our library community volunteering her time and sharing her other reading therapy golden retrievers for 10+ years. *Drop-ins are welcome!
Reading Therapy Program at the Fowlerville District Library
Meet Fred, he is a Golden Retriever certified therapy dog. Fred visits the Fowlerville District Library weekly on Mondays at 4:00pm. Fred's visits give children a place to practice their reading skills in a relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere. Fred lays or sits next to the child while the child reads.
Using certified therapy dogs to help children with reading challenges is a new phenomenon. One mom says, "I wish that there was a program like when I was learning to read." Certified therapy dogs have been utilized for reading therapy for only the past ten years. The Fowlerville District Library has participated in this therapeutic and popular program with Demo and Duchess, brother and sister of Fred for many years.
By reading to Fred, children of all ages are able to focus on reading aloud and build fluency without the pressure of being judged in a classroom setting. While a visit with Fred can be short, just one booklet, the impact can last a lifetime! Children who visit Fred are more confident and are more likely to choose to read on their own at a later time.