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Reading to Rover

Posted: November 19, 2013 - 5:31pm
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff)  Dylan Wasserlein, 7, pets therapy dog Trigger after a reading a book to him during a program called Reading with Rover at the Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. The program is available to elementary school children and allows them to practice their reading skills.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Dylan Wasserlein, 7, pets therapy dog Trigger after a reading a book to him during a program called Reading with Rover at the Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. The program is available to elementary school children and allows them to practice their reading skills.

Dylan Wasserlein eagerly looked through a selection of books to find the perfect one to read to Trigger, a 4-year-old Brittany spaniel.

As he read, Trigger sat quietly, occasionally glancing up at Dylan.

That was the best part, said the 7-year-old.

“Him sitting down and listening to me,” he said.

Dylan was participating in the Nancy Carson Library’s newest program offering, Reading to Rover, held Nov. 13.

Dylan was brought to the activity by his grandparents, Ted and Kate Wasserlein.

“He loves to read and we love anything we can do with him,” Kate said of her grandson. “We use the library a lot and when we saw this, we decided to participate.”

The program, geared toward children in kindergarten through fifth grades, has been held at other libraries, said Nancy Caron Library’s children’s library assistant Renee Burton.

When Lynn Ealey, Trigger’s owner, approached her, Burton said she thought “it was great.”

“It’s great because it will help boost children’s interest in reading and confidence in reading,” she said. “They have an impartial listener.”

Trigger is a therapy dog, therefore he is really friendly and approachable, said Ealey, adding they are registered with Therapy Dogs Inc.

“He goes and greets people regularly,” she said.

They visit several places throughout the area for various activities. With Reading to Rover, children get to read books they select to Trigger.

Each child spends about 15 minutes with Trigger in the program as Ealey sits next to them.

“The kids talk to him, read to him,” said Ealey. “He loves children.”

The next Reading to Rover program will be held Dec. 18 at 4 p.m., said Burton.

Those interested in having their child participate should go to the library at 135 Edgefield Road to fill out the permission form.

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