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Christchurch City Libraries
work PO Box 73045,
Christchurch 8154,
New Zealand.
workp: +64-3-941-7923

Dog Day AfternoonsDog Day Afternoons

Come and practise your reading with the Library dogs

Dog Day Afternoons is a program designed to improve the literacy skills of children, employing the concept of reading to a dog!

Dogs can be ideal reading companions: they listen attentively; they do not judge, laugh or criticize; they encourage relaxation and lower blood pressure; and reading to dogs is much less intimidating than asking kids to read to their peers.

In trial of this program overseas, literacy centres saw instant results: kids showed large improvements in reading and communication skills, higher self-esteem, confidence and social skills; also improvement in other subject areas, attendance and personal hygiene!

This is the first time that Christchurch City Libraries have trialled this program.

Images from Dog Day Afternoons January 2005

Dog Day Afternoon Dog Day Afternoon
Dog Day Afternoon Dog Day Afternoon