Many children do not enjoy reading, or they have difficulty doing it. Other kids really enjoy reading. It all depends on the child. But for parents going to the library with their kids can either be really easy or really hard. One library, in particular, has found the solution to getting every child to read is a dog.
Sting, a beautiful Greyhound, spends most of his days at the library in Minnesota. He is a service dog. But his job is not limited to being of service, he actually sits with children as they read to him. His goal is for children to become better readers. Also, for them to be more confident.
During one day on the job, no one visited Sting. The entire library was empty. Sting’s owner, John Muellner, could tell how upset he was. So he decided to post a picture of his adorable pooch with the caption,
Unfortunately nobody signed up to read to Sting at the White Bear Lake library tonight. If you know of a 4 to 8yr old who would like to read to a dog. Please contact the White Bear Lake library by phone or their website about the Paws to Read program. Sting will be there Feb 21st 6:30 – 7:30.
The reaction Muellner received was crazy! People loved Sting’s purpose in life. After the Facebook post, he went viral. His story was shared over 100,ooo times. Once people saw Muellner’s post, Sting had lots of visitors the next time he was there.
Sting’s mission sets an amazing example of what all libraries should be doing to increase reading. Having a dog around can make kids more comfortable and likely to read. Watch the video below to hear the full story!
Sting is very busy at the library. Along with a new partner, Luigi. Now Sting also visits Gillette Children’s Hospital in St Paul Minnesota too.