13th Aug, 2020

Therapy dog Holly the Collie lends a helping paw at Redditch Library

Correspondent 6th Nov, 2019

HOLLY the therapy dog is coming to Redditch Library to help launch an exciting new group for young people with dyslexia.

The Border collie and will be visiting the library with her owner to help young people their families, supporting them through their reading journey.

It is thought that as many as 1 in 10 people in the UK have some degree of dyslexia. Dyslexia can affect reading, spelling and maths as well as organisational and listening skills.

On November 12, Redditch Library is opening its doors to children aged seven to 17 who have dyslexic tendencies, or who suspect they may have dyslexia, to help them discover a love of reading.

Each session will have opportunities to play games and take part in activities that encourage a passion for reading.

Michele Campbell, Redditch library manager said: “We are so excited to welcome Holly to Redditch Library for members of the Dyslexia Support Group to read to her.

“The presence of a dog can have a calming effect on many people, and reading aloud to a willing and patient listener can really benefit a struggling reader.

“We hope this support group can become an opportunity to meet people who are in a similar situation, share ideas, and make new friends.”

The Dyslexia Support and Reading group launches at 4pm on Tuesday 12th November and will run every four weeks on a Tuesday at 4pm.

Everyone who attends will be able to access the library’s resources including free ebooks and eaudiobooks, dyslexia-friendly texts, and graphic novels.

It is open to all and is free to attend but places are limited so please contact the library to book a place.

Visit Redditch Library’s Facebook page, email HSmith-Edwards@worcestershire.gov.uk or pop in to Redditch Library to find out more about this new group.

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