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Reading with Rover Guidelines


Summer 2013

For students who have completed grades 1-4

Tuesdays, July 23 and August 6
Thursdays, August 1 and 15

Time slots: 1:30 / 1:45 / 2:00 / 2:15

With four dogs available, four students may register for each time slot.

Reading with Rover

It’s all about reading aloud to a four-legged friend. Not just any dog, but a specially trained therapy dog. The goal of Reading with Rover is to inspire students to discover the joy of reading while developing literacy skills and confidence in a positive and fun environment.

Reading Sessions are each 15-minutes long. Four students may register for each time slot. Only a Youth Services staff member, the student reader, therapy dogs and handlers will be in the room during the sessions so that the therapy dogs are not distracted.

Dog and Handler Teams may be different each session. All therapy dogs that are participating in Reading with Rover are registered therapy dogs and belong to either Therapy Dog International ( or Delta Society (

Checklist for Reading with Rover

  • Bring 2-5 books with you or select from the books we have
  • Arrive 5-minutes BEFORE your scheduled time slot and check in with a staff member at the ASK ME Desk
  • Be seated outside the Meeting Room by the ASK ME Desk
  • Call the ASK ME Desk at 630-584-9390 if you are unable to attend – 24 hours before would be appreciated.

ALERT: This program is not recommended for students that are afraid of or allergic to dogs.

Updated 5/2013

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