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DPL Tales to Tails: Introducing Magni

When Jun 10, 2010
from 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Come to Decorah Public Library Thursday June 10 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. to find out why reading is going to the dogs. Children ages 6-10 and their parents or caregivers are invited to come and learn about a brand new program called “DPL Tales to Tails” that will be starting at the library this summer. Decorah Public Library Administrative Coordinator Kristin Torresdal will give a short presentation about “DPL Tales to Tails,” a program that will allow children in grades 1-5 to come to the library on special days to read aloud to a dog! She will introduce her three-year-old great dane, Magni, who is a nationally certified therapy dog that has undergone extensive training and testing to prepare him for this program. Torresdal has also participated in training to prepare for “Tales to Tails.”


As a team, Torresdal and Magni will visit the library at set times during the summer and throughout the school year. Pre-registered children will be able to select a book and read aloud to Magni for 15-20 minute time slots. Research has shown that reading aloud to dogs is beneficial to children because the presence of a dog creates an environment that is relaxed, comfortable, nonjudgmental, and fun. A recent University of California, Davis study revealed that reading to dogs helped children improve their fluency by up to thirty percent. After the study, 75 percent of parents reported that their child was now reading aloud more frequently and with more confidence.


There will be plenty of time to ask questions and to interact with Magni after the presentation. Take-home information will be available for anyone interested (or for those who are unable to attend the program: just inquire at the front desk after June 10).