GLADWIN – Gladwin County 4-H, in partnership with the Gladwin County Animal shelter, kicked off the Tales for Tails reading program on Friday, Nov. 2. Youth ages 5-12 took part in reading to the animals in the shelter bringing their favorite books with them. 

The object of the program is to provide youth with an environment to work on their reading skills without fear of judgment on ability. By engaging with an animal, youth feel more comfortable and relaxed, allowing them to just focus on reading. The youth that attended have expressed that this was a great program and they can’t wait to do it again. 

Tales for Tails meets the first and third Friday of each month, the next reading day is Nov. 16 from 4-4:45 p.m., youth must be picked up by their parent or guardian no later than 5 p.m. from the Gladwin County Animal shelter.

 Youth interested in the Tales for Tails reading program are encouraged to register at mi.4honline.com. Participation Fee scholarships are available. Youth can be dropped off by a parent for this program but if busing is needed please contact the Gladwin MSUE office so we can make arrangements. For more information about this program please contact the MSUE office at 989-426-7741 or prest142@msu.edu