Last Saturday [February 23rd] the Manotick Branch Library wrapped up this winter program with the Ottawa Therapy Dogs' Read Education Assistance Dogs (or R.E.A.D.) program. We had had full attendance of our four young participants, who read to Lily, a lovely dachshund who enjoyed the stories read to her, especially when they were about dogs. Her human partner, well-known mystery writer Mary Jane Maffini, was pleased with the attendees and left us with a bittersweet note: Lily was retiring and this was her last program. After thirteen (human) years, she will enjoy her post-career actvities with her sister in the care of Mary Jane. Lily can rest easy knowing that she had brought joy and confidence in many a young reader.
Please note: in spite of Lily's departure, there are still programs that come up in the Ottawa Public Library involving reading with therapy dogs. To find a program, click on our Programs and Events menu item, select Find a Program or Event and search for "read' and "dog". As of this blog post there are two branches giving these programs this Spring : Ruth E Dickinson Branch in Barrhaven and Stittsvile. Registration is required.