Summer Reading is here, and this year the Library is all about building a better world. As a Librarian, I love sharing my favorite books with others, but I encourage you to do the same! A great way to do this is by visiting-or starting-a Little Free Library in your neighborhood. I visited the Little Free Library of New Town and added one of my favorites: Uni the Unicorn for another unicorn-believer to discover. Start building your better world today by signing up for the Summer Reading Program online or at your favorite branch. All ages are eligible to participate and win prizes!
Check out this adorable "Little Station," which was recently unveiled in partnership with the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation at the Central County Fire and Rescue Station in St. Peters. You can find one near you by visiting the official Little Free Library website.
You’ve probably seen therapy dogs in public places, but you may not know that these very special animals are helping humans in more ways than ever! Animal therapy is a rapidly growing field. In both clinical and nonclinical settings, these animals can aid in recovery and promote mental wellness.
Love on a Leash is a national organization dedicated to connecting animal therapy teams with people who need them. They bring therapy animals to senior citizens, hospitals, and our Libraries!
Linda Bolen heads up local Love on a Leash efforts and has some amazing stories to tell.
You might see Love on a Leash service dogs around the Library reading with children. Therapy dogs can help make reading fun. The dogs do not judge or correct. They make what can be difficult for some, less of a chore, and more of a fun interaction. Dogs visiting libraries also give children who don’t have a dog a way to interact with them and show them that dogs aren’t scary. They just want to be friends!
Linda explains, sometimes just the spirit of the dogs bring can brighten someone’s day or bring them inspiration. Animals can provide positive vibes in daily- sometimes hectic- lives. Pets can help lower blood pressure and regulate heart rate. They bring a calmness and generally put a smile on people’s faces.
"During one visit to the hospital with our dogs, there was a patient with her adult daughter who was in the middle of her breakfast. While we were there chatting with our dogs, the patient started to eat. After a lengthy visit, we said our goodbyes and started to leave. The daughter came out in the hallway to tell us she’d been trying to get her mom to eat all morning. The joy our dogs brought to her gave her the willingness to want to eat."
Read to a Dog at your Library! Sign up here:Tale Waggers- Read to a Dog
St. Charles Love on a Leash Chapter: A Touch of Love
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