Therapy dog offers encouragement to young Texoma readers
WILSON, Okla. (KTEN) — Nemo the dog has been traveling to libraries all across southern Oklahoma this summer. He made a stop at Wilson Public Library on Thursday afternoon.
"They'll show him pictures from the book, “ said Nemo’s owner and handler Bridget Hilburn. “It just really warms your heart."
Nemo, a registered pet partner's therapy dog, has had more than 150 kids read to him so far in both Oklahoma and Texas.
"A lot of children don't like to read aloud to parents,” said Hilburn. "But being able to read to a dog seems to help them a lot. They don't get as nervous and that dog isn't going to make corrections to them about their reading skill."
Through this experience, younger readers have the opportunity to feel more confident.
"Sometimes kids can be a little hesitant to read," said Wilson Public Library branch manager Courtney Bancroft. “So having this adorable, soft, fluffy dog next to you just makes it easier, especially if they are a struggling reader and need to gain some confidence."
Nemo made his first library stop in Ardmore, but has made other appearances in Atoka, Davis, Sulphur and Tishomingo.
"The kids loved Nemo,” said Davis Public Library manager Jonathan Edwards. “They would sit down and read books with him. When I saw it, it made me want to get my own service dog and do something with the library with that, it was really great."
Nemo will make his next stop at the Love County Library next Thursday.
If you would like to have Nemo come to your future event, reach out to Bridget Hilburn at [email protected].