Rey Garduño, speaking from his place on the City Council dais, asked, “Why are we decimating libraries?” He characterized the situation as “disheartening.”
Lassie Come Home and Old Yeller have charmed young readers for generations, but these days, dogs are inspiring kids to read in a different way. Libraries across the nation have started bringing in therapy dogs to help kids practice reading aloud without judgment. And it works. In one Minnesota town, 10 out of 14 kids who read aloud to dogs once a week for seven weeks jumped at least one grade level in reading. The programs can also help kids learn English as well. All breeds can serve as a reading dog. Here in Albuquerque, programs run most Saturdays throughout the library system:
• Cherry Hills Library, 857-8321 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 1-3 p.m.
• East Mountain Library, 281-8508 2nd Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
• Ernie Pyle Library, 256-2065, next is on 7/24, 11 a.m.-noon
• Juan Tabo Library, 291-6260 4th Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
• Los Griegos Library, 761-4020 3rd Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m.
• Main Library , 768-5136 2nd Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
• South Broadway Library, 505-764-1742 Thursdays & Fridays (only 1/12- 5/27), 4 p.m.
• Tony Hillerman Library, 291-6264, 2nd Saturday, 10:30 a.m.