SHELTON, Conn. -- Written Words Bookstore in Shelton will introduce its newest community service program: B.A.R.K., which stands for “Books and Reading for Kids," with a meet-and-greet on Saturday, April 2 from 1 to 2 p.m.
It is a simple program where kids get to practice reading by doing so aloud to a dog. Reading to a calm and well-trained pet can help boost the confidence and self esteem of reluctant readers. Kids are less anxious, less self-conscious and more relaxed knowing that the “listener” is non-judgmental and offers unconditional love.
After coming across the brilliant concept several years ago, Written Words has been looking into hosting its own program to benefit local children.
Ollie, a four-year-old Sheepadoodle was certified in August 2015 through the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog Program after going through 18 months of training with his handler/owner Carol Kirby, and is now a working certified therapy dog with the Newtown Strong Therapy Dogs program.
Parents and kids will get a chance to meet Ollie and learn more about the B.A.R.K. program during the meet-and-greet session. B.A.R.K. is a free community service program and is open to children ages six to 12.
Written Words Bookstore is located inside the Conti building at 415 Howe Ave. in Shelton. For more information, contact Written Words Bookstore at 203-944-0400.