We LOVE the library. It’s no secret. And the libraries in our area of Massachusetts are AWESOME (as Lincoln would say). I’m not just talking great books. I’m talking toys and playsets (kitchen, castles, etc.) and hand puppets.
As if that isn’t enough to make the library a weekly adventure, they offer amazing reading programs. For free.
These programs have been a god send for us. Lincoln, who HATED music, has favorite songs and requests them to be played/sung in the car. I’ll occasionally break out into “Open, Shut Them” while changing Autumn’s diaper or vacuuming. Instead of screaming that I’m making “TOO MUCH NOISE”, little man will sit down next to me and sing right along.
It can’t possibly get better, you say.
Wrong! It can!
The library in the next town over offers programs in the evening. One of which is reading with a therapy dog. For free. I took one look at his trading card and knew the kids would LOVE this. Where do we sign up?
For those who don’t know what a therapy dog does…
A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with learning difficulties.
Therapy dogs come in all sizes and breeds. The most important characteristic of a therapy dog is its temperament. A good therapy dog must be friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and at ease in all situations. Therapy dogs must enjoy human contact and be content to be petted and handled, sometimes clumsily. –Wikipedia
Last week was our first experience reading with Cooper.
Everyone was super excited (I apologize if I sound like I’m taking to my children. It’s habit). So much so that reading didn’t appear to be on anyone’s agenda except mine. We had the first session which was at 6 o’clock. The kids are typically bathing at this time and instead were stepping foot into the library and hanging out with a dog. If I was them, reading would be the last thing on my mind too. So, let’s skip all the chaos and fast forward to this evening.
Cooper and his handler, Andi, were outside of the Children’s Room waiting for us. Greetings were exchanged. Heads were patted and ears were scratched. We walked into the room together and our session began.
A huge thank you to Cooper for being such a great sport about being poked and prodded by my Dragons and Peanut. And an even bigger thank you to Andi for being so patient and kind.
If you’d like to see more Cooper, you can check out his Facebook page by clicking here. I really enjoyed looking through Cooper’s pictures and seeing him let his fur down before and after working hours.
You can also make a donation to Cooper by clicking here.