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Maeve Brewer pets Luna the Library Dog inside the Frankfort Community Public Library. The public will have the opportunity to read to Luna each Wednesday this summer.

Reading aloud is a shared experience that many enjoy. We often remember bedtime tales with parents and siblings or hearing a grandparent read a favorite storybook. But what may come as a surprise is the benefits of reading aloud to a pet.

According to a research study by Schretzmayer, Kotrschal, and Beetz found in “Frontiers of Veterinary Science,” reading with a dog can help improve students “word recognition… recognition of punctuation marks, and correct line breaks.” Moreover, this study showed that repeated reading with dogs showed more “substantial effects on reading performance.” Ultimately, it seems that reading to dogs increases a child’s interest and engagement which improves literacy skills.

While we may not all have the opportunity to own a pet, the Frankfort Community Public Library is making it possible for anyone to read with Luna the Library Dog. From 4-6 p.m. each Wednesday (June 16, 23, July 7, 14, 21) children and adults are offered the opportunity to grow their reading skills by reading to Luna. To sign up for a 15-minute time slot, contact Maeve Brewer or Maria Lopez at 654-8746.

In addition to the “Read to Luna” program, the library is offering Dog Safety training for children aged 3 years through first grade at all of our locations. Nancy Elsea and Cheyenne Taylor will join us to teach youth safety techniques for unfamiliar dogs. The program is interactive, and children will enjoy a hands-on experience with Nancy’s dog, Radar, and Luna the Library Dog.

Nancy Elsea is a former elementary school counselor, the 4-H dog obedience instructor and has taught dog safety to children for years. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Clinton County Humane Society. Cheyenne Taylor is the Director of the Clinton County Humane Society.

The Dog Safety classes will be held at Michigan Road Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at Rossville Library at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, and at Mulberry Library at 11 a.m. Friday, June 18. The Frankfort Library Dog Safety Class has been rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 21. To register for any of these programs please visit myfcpl.org/calendar or call the Frankfort Community Public Library at 654-8746.

Funding for these programs has been provided to the Friends of the Frankfort Public Library, from the Indiana Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.