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Mildenhall Library invites children to read to a furry friend

Mildenhall Library is launching a brand-new activity offering young children the chance to meet and read to Liza the therapy dog.

Liza and her handler Sue Phillips will be visiting the library in the new Mildenhall Hub on Monday afternoons from 24 January. Primary school age children are invited to come along and meet and read to Liza.

Kate Ashton, Executive Library Manager for Mildenhall Library, said:

“Reading to dogs is an activity which has been running in schools, rescue centres and libraries around the world. It’s a great activity for encouraging anyone who lacks confidence to read in a relaxing environment to a non-judgemental, uncritical listener. Therapy dogs like Liza can help children to gain confidence and can help with their reading skills and wellbeing. The new hub gives us much more space so it’s an ideal new activity to introduce in the library.”

Sessions will start on Monday 24 January and will run at 3.30PM and at 4PM. Numbers will be limited to six children per session so anyone interested should contact the library and book a place for their child.

Mildenhall Library can be contacted on 01638 597292.

The new activity will run for the next few weeks and will continue if successful. Children can read whatever book they choose.

Liza is a Romanian rescue dog and her handler Sue Phillips works with the charity Canine Concern.

Liza being read a story from a picture book.