Our PAWS program (where kids may sign up to read out loud to a therapy dog for a 15-20 minutes) will continue through the school year.
A BIG thanks to Kim Brown and Roo of Cinderbay Labradors and Janet Burns and Ellie, who currently volunteer to do the program!
Ellie and Janet Burns will be available on the Second Saturday of every month, current dates scheduled are: January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11. The hours are 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Roo and Kim Brown will be available on the THIRD THURSDAY of every month, current dates scheduled are: January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16. The hours are from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
We recommend that Readers schedule a 15 minute appointment at the Youth Services Desk or by calling 231-758-3112.
The theory is, that by reading out loud to the dog, who doesn't judge how well the child reads, the child's self consciousness disappears and she gains the confidence needed to become a better reader. You may get the complete scoop by watching this video at the Therapy Dogs International web site listed below.
On the third Thursday of the Month, you'll be reading to Roo, who is a certified therapy dog and a veteran listener. Roo, pictured here, is the friend of Kim Brown of Cinderbay Labradors in Harbor Springs.
PAWS DOG TOO!
On the second Saturday of the month, you'll be reading to Ellie, pictured below, who is the friend of Dr. Janet Burns and is pictured here.
Below is a link to a Washington Post article about reading, kids and dogs.
YOU, MEDIA AND YOUR FAMILY
If you have concerns about the effects of all of the different kinds of media and technology on your children, birth through teen, from movies to social networking, then you need to check out Common Sense Media! The bewildering pace of technological advancement and how it interacts with our children's development can feel, and is, so overwhelming that our tendency is just to ignore it. So, if you need a compass to help you to navigate that landscape, you can do no worse than to explore their web site.You may find their home page below. Be sure to check out their mission statement on the "about us" page and "How we rate and review" at the bottom of the page.
On December 20, 2007, the Petoskey District Library dedicated the mural painted by Nikolas Burkhart and honored those who made the mural possible.
Pictured, from left to right:
Artist Nikolas Burkhart, Balky and Patti Grannis, whose Foundation made the painting of the mural possible, Yvonne Walker-Keshick, who was Nikolas's consultant for painting the mural, and Karen Sherrard, Petoskey District Library Director.
Char-Em ISD (Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District)
Petoskey Public Schools
Harbor Light Christian School
Harbor Springs Public Schools
Saint Francis School
Links checked 1/3/13
PLAY DOWNTOWN from 10 am-2pm on Saturday, February 23 as a part of Petoskey Downtown's "Winter Blues Festival" and chase your winter blues away. You'll find a variety of free/low-cost activities for your family.
The LIBRARY will offer our collection of board games for families to use in-house from 12:00 - 2pm that day as well.
After that, bring your 3-7 yr olds to the library for a "Blue" Story hour from 3-4pm in the Program Room.