May 5, 2017
Downtown Books in Manteo North Carolina hosted “Reading Labs,” and you’ll never guess who showed up
by Simon Reichley
Mercifully, you would be wrong, because Book Labs is short for Book Labradors! We’re talking about dogs, people!
As adorably reported by the Outer Banks Voice, the partner program brought together Downtown Books, the Outer Banks SPCA, and Mano el Hermano (an advocacy group serving the Latino community in Dare County) for an afternoon of puppy-powered literacy education. Essentially, a bunch of kids and dogs got together and the kids read stories out loud to the dogs.
According to the article, research shows that young readers who struggle with anxiety about reading, or who are learning to read English as a second language, can benefit from reading out loud to a dog. Presumably because dogs do not pass judgement on young humans struggling to pronounce “library.” Also their love and admiration know no bounds, and they will follow you even to the ends of the earth, and beyond.
Go dogs! Go books! Go Downtown Books in Manteo, North Carolina!
Simon Reichley is assistant to the publishers and office manager at Melville House.