On Saturday, April 12 2014, the public and R.E.A.D. teams celebrated 10 years of Reading Education Assistance Dogs in Minnesota.
It was a great turnout with R.E.A.D. lovers and R.E.A.D. teams enjoying each others' company, gifts, prizes, and snacks.
Mary Steinbicker, the Golden Valley Children Services librarian, kicked off the party with a welcome and thank you from Hennepin County Libraries. It was thanks to Mary's excitement to try something new ten years ago that there are now reading with dog programs in all seven county metro area libraries.
Nancy Brooks, R.E.A.D. Dogs Minnesota manager, and her dog Sassy became the first R.E.A.D. team in Minnesota in 2004. She thanked the R.E.A.D. teams for their dedication to R.E.A.D. and their continued enthusiasm for the program.
We all enjoyed the key note speaker, Nancy Carlson, book author, illustrator, and genuine dog lover. The audience loved hearing Nancy talk about her books and sharing her art work.
The afternoon was filled with lots of smiling and tail-wagging with both 2-legged and 4-legged beings enjoying their time together. Many people left the event with their arms full of the prizes they won at the event.
Click here to view the pictures from the event.