Joplin Public Library gets surprise visit from therapy dogs

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Everyone in the Joplin Public Library children’s department was excited to see some furry faces this afternoon.

Some four-legged friends stopped by the Joplin Public Library Tuesday afternoon.

“Today we have our dog day afternoon program. So it’s a program for young independent readers and we have therapy dogs that come in and the kids get to practice their reading out loud skills to the dogs,” says Jessica Fletcher.

The dogs are more than just fluffy listeners, they also provide calmer environment for kids to read freely.

“It’s to kind of exciting and motivate those early readers. Reading out loud is something that they don’t want to do or feel uncomfortable doing and the dogs are a nonjudgmental audience,” says Jessica Fletcher.

This program is held every Tuesday at the end of the month and causes quite the stir in the children’s department.

“Parents usually take pictures and they think it’s super adorable, and we get a lot of feedback from parents saying that they love this activity, ya know, he’s so excited to come and read to the dogs,” says Jessica Fletcher.

One of those parents is Kim Kovach.

“He goes and wants to pick more books. Then he wants to keep reading at home and it it just boosts his confidence in reading,” says Kim Kovach.

She says coming to see the dogs has boosted his reading skills and has given her kids something to look forward to at the library.

“It makes me feel really I’m really proud of him, ya know, and even with our two year-old she’s excited. And she she wants to read to the dogs,” says Kim Kovach.

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