Henderson Libraries’ Reading with Rover program helps kids struggling with reading

Program enters into its 12th year Sept. 12, is proven to boost confidence in kids

HENDERSON, Nev. If kids have a problem with reading, it can be frustrating and even embarrassing. Henderson Libraries understands that everyone learns at his/her own pace and that some kids may need extra support when it comes to reading. That’s why the district established Reading with Rover, a program, free to Henderson residents, that matches students in first through fifth grade with a certified therapy dog and literacy coach for reading practice.

In its 12th year, the Reading with Rover program’s next session begins Sept. 12 at the Paseo Verde Library – located at 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, just off I-215 – the Green Valley Library – located at 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, just of Sunset Road – and Gibson Library – located at 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway, near Water St.

Students who are struggling with reading and comprehension can be nominated by a family member or teacher. Participants are chosen for the program based on need and are guaranteed two six-weeks sessions, but may continue longer if needed. Therapy dogs and literacy coaches are selected for kids based on their needs, and students meet with the same dog and literacy coach throughout the session.

“It’s Henderson Libraries’ mission to cultivate a literate community,” said Florica Hagendorn, senior youth services specialist for Henderson Libraries. “Helping our students to learn to read fits directly in line with our mission. It’s good for our youth, and it’s good for our community.”

Readingwith Rover is a one-of-a-kind program that allows youth to learn in a comfortable one-on-one setting. Evaluations are completed each week to track each student’s progress. The program has proven to help improve children’s confidence in reading and raise their reading level.

Students can be nominated online at www.mypubliclibrary.com or by picking up a nomination form at any Henderson Libraries branch.

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates six locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School Districtand all other libraries around the state to provide quality service forNevada’s residents.

For additional information on Henderson Libraries, the Reading with Rover program or how you can become a literacy volunteer call 702-492-6581 (option No. 4), or visit www.mypubliclibrary.com.