Brunswick County Library welcomes new reading program for a dog, Books for Bailey

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Brunswick County Library welcomes new reading program for a dog, Books for Bailey

Children reading to Bailey at Barbee Library

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BOLIVIA, NC – The Brunswick County Library has launched Books for Bailey, a new program that aims to improve children’s confidence and literacy skills by reading to a therapy dog ​​named Bailey.

“Bailey has a knack for making everyone who sees her smile,” owner Tricia Robertson said. “She is always ready to be caressed, which has its own way of making someone feel good. Whether someone is feeling sad, hurt, lonely or depressed, they always feel better after spending a few moments with her. .

Bailey is Robertson’s 9-year-old collie and has been a therapy dog ​​for 7 years. Prior to moving to Brunswick County, Bailey worked in the Charlotte, North Carolina area as a therapy dog ​​in libraries, assisted living facilities, hospitals and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) Canine Crew.

The Brunswick County Library strives to provide a safe and comfortable space for children of all ages and offers free Books for Bailey events to Brunswick County residents. Children also receive a sticker that says they read to Bailey after the event.

“The ‘Read to a Dog’ programs are a great boon for reluctant readers and other students who just need a confidence boost,” said Brunswick County Library Manager Patricia Dew. “Children who can participate here learn reading and literacy skills that will serve them throughout their lives.”

From September through November, Brunswick County Library offers four Books for Bailey events at Barbee Library in Oak Island and five events at Harper Library in Southport. Additional program dates and locations have yet to be determined.

To participate in the program, children must be registered in advance and be able to read independently. Although the program is aimed at elementary-aged children, children of all ages are welcome to enroll. To register for a 20-minute time slot, please visit or call the branch of the library hosting the event:

Call the Barbee Library at 910.278.4283 (Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., excluding public holidays)
Call the Harper Library at 910.457.6237 (Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding public holidays)

The books for the Bailey events scheduled for September to November 2022 are as follows:

Wednesday September 7 / Oak Island area

Registration is required

Location: Barbee Library / 8200 East Oak Island Drive
Time: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Type of event: Indoor

Thursday September 8 / Southport area

Registration is required

Location: Harper Library / 109 West Moore Street
Time: 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Type of event: Indoor

Wednesday September 21 / Oak Island area

Registration is required

Location: Barbee Library / 8200 East Oak Island Drive
Time: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Type of event: Indoor

Friday September 23 / Southport area

Registration is required

Location: Harper Library / 109 West Moore Street
Time: 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Type of event: Indoor

Wednesday, October 5 / Oak Island Area

Registration is required

Location: Barbee Library / 8200 East Oak Island Drive
Time: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Type of event: Indoor

Friday October 14 / Southport area

Registration is required

Location: Harper Library / 109 West Moore Street
Time: 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Type of event: Indoor

Wednesday October 19 / Oak Island area

Registration is required

Location: Barbee Library / 8200 East Oak Island Drive
Time: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Type of event: Indoor

Friday October 28 / Southport area

Registration is required

Location: Harper Library / 109 West Moore Street
Time: 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Type of event: Indoor

Thursday November 10 / Southport area

Registration is required

Location: Harper Library / 109 West Moore Street
Time: 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Type of event: Indoor

“We are so excited to be able to offer the Books for Bailey program,” said Barbee Library branch manager Erika Dosher. “It seems to bring so much joy to the children who participated. We look forward to continuing this unique program! »

You can check the library’s calendar of events on the Brunswick County website or follow the Brunswick County Library at Facebook and instagram for more information on future events and updates.

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