A Furry Partnership

A Furry Partnership

Author: 
Hall, Mary L.
Place: 
Hershey, PA
Publisher: 
IGI Global
Date published: 
2011
Record type: 
Editor: 
Ellis, Karen
Source: 
Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities
Abstract: 

This case study describes the partnership between the Bedford Public Library and an elementary school. This partnership consists of a program designed to assist grade school children with literacy skills. Third grade students read aloud to a Pet Partners team made up of a therapy dog and a handler who is a professional public librarian. The team visits the school weekly with books selected from the public library’s collection to provide animal assisted therapy. School staff and teachers collect and provide assessment data on students to create goals and track progress for the students. The librarian, teachers, and school staff work together to create new methods of assessing progress attributed to reading to the dog. During the summer months, the Pet Partners team visits a local Summer Meals site to help address the problem of summer reading loss. Children of all ages are invited to read aloud to the team to participate in animal assisted activities.

Series: 
Advances in Library and Information Science

CITATION: Hall, Mary L.. A Furry Partnership edited by Ellis, Karen . Hershey, PA : IGI Global , 2011. Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities - Available at: http://library.au.int/furry-partnership