Nacogdoches library adds therapy dog to ‘Story Time’

Nacogdoches library adds therapy dog to ‘Story Time’
Source:KTRE Staff
Source:KTRE Staff
Source:KTRE Staff
Source:KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Public Library brought in a four-legged friend to get kids excited about reading.

"We're really trying to get people to bring their kids to read," Nacogdoches Library Circulation Clerk, Eli Ali said. "We found out that the Humane Society does a great job with providing therapy dogs for other places in the community."

The Nacogdoches Publc Library has put a unique spin on the Story Time program with the help of a 3-year-old therapy dog named Duncan.

"Duncan and I go to nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and we help children understand that not all dogs are scary," said Christine Crain with the Nacogdoches Humane Society. "We want them to learn a little more about dog like Duncan that gets to go places like this."

Through music and touch, kids really started to get interested.

"My favorite part of the class was making all the puppets, and my other part was petting the dog," said participant Silas Davis.

"When some of the kids first came in, they were really nervous about coming up and touching him, and somehow, by the end of the story everybody, was coming down and getting in his face," Crain said. "Several got kisses unexpectedly."

"I used to have a dog, so I'm not really scared of dogs anymore," said participant Asher Davis.

Duncan attends events like 'Story Time' to put a smile of people's faces while educating them.

"He is a joy to have around," Crain said. "He is very calm and laid back. He actually enjoys coming to things like this; he gets all excited."

"It was a lot better than I thought it would be," Ali said.  "I thought 51 percent of the kids would scream and run the other way, and the others would all hoard and jump on the dog. But no, they did great. It was just the right amount of apprehension and carefulness."

"We'll be coming back," Asher said.

The Story Time program will be introducing its Spanish version this week. For more information on times you can visit the Nacogdoches Library website.

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