Angie is a therapy dog who comes into the library and lets kids read to her so that kids who are struggling with reading can gain confidence. Every time I’ve seen her in the library she’s always wagging her tail for the kids and is very attentive.
My pup back home is being trained for this manner.
I wish they did this at my elementary school! My librarian told me on a regular basis that I was “not smart enough to read books like that” when I asked about the books my friends were reading such as Harry Potter. She also brought her pet iguana to school which bit students…
Within a year of entering middle school I ended up at a college reading level and advanced classes due to the encouragement of one teacher who believed in me. But even today, ten years later, I still suck at reading aloud because i get so anxious about it.
It is really really important to encourage children when it comes to their reading skills. It will truly effect their life.
I’m so sorry your librarian did that to you. :( I remember in my Young Adult literature class in grad school, we were told to be very mindful of the fact that as librarians, if we recommend the wrong book to a teen, or if we try to steer them away from a book they think they really want to read, we can actually really lose their trust and they will come away from the experience thinking librarians don’t understand them. We were taught that we can’t push anything on them, but we should help them try things and discover their interests more organically. If we were told that even something like a wrong recommendation loses trust, I can’t even imagine what your librarian was thinking, telling you you weren’t smart enough to read something. I’m glad you found someone who could see your potential and I hope that librarian is retired and not pushing kids away any more. :(