Every other Saturday morning, the Edmonds Library goes to the dogs — literally. It’s all part of the Reading with Rover program, a community-based literacy program for kids, where volunteers and their dogs help children develop their reading skills in a fun environment.
Last Saturday, Edmonds Children’s Librarian Edith Farrar presided over the sign-in table, where children receive a paw print stamp on a note card for every Reading with Rover visit. (Once they acquire five stamps, they receive a T-shirt). Farrar said the program has many benefits — not only does it encourage children to visit and use the library, it helps shy or struggling readers gain more confidence. The dogs and their handlers are trained through the Delta Society, a national organization dedicated to incorporating therapy, service and companion animals into people’s lives.