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Library Adventures and Reading with Cooper

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.

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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.

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Lincoln is dancing, to music, with a streamer pom-pom he made during one of the reading programs.

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?

Image courtesy of Cooper & Friends

Image courtesy of Cooper & Friends

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.

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The boys were browsing through the books they wanted me to read, with Cooper by their side. Aidan was pretty thrilled with a picture he found in the next book of the series we’re reading.

 

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We’re reading Bad Kitty in this picture. At several points in the book the line “bad, bad, bad” was used. Poor Cooper looked at me with a confused expression; he thought he was in trouble.

 

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Although they all don't sit and "read" with Cooper, or me, the kids absolutely love being around him.

Although they don’t all sit and “read” with Cooper (or me), the kids absolutely love being around him.

 

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.