Bella the space dog lands on Kidderminster Library

Bella, a trained therapy dog, is posing with a Summer Reading Challenge, volunteer. Published Friday, 16th August 2019

A canine cosmic experience awaits children and their families this month, at Kidderminster Library.

A trained therapy dog called Bella, is visiting dressed as Space Woman to encourage children to get reading.

It’s all part of the Summer reading challenge, a Government reading initiative. This year’s theme is “Space Chase” to mark the anniversary of the first landing on the moon.

Bella is excited to hear the stories, as she loves being read to, cuddled and made a fuss of.

Bella is used to working with young people with autism and dementia sufferers. She loves a good tale and she will be visiting Kidderminster library on August 21st.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet member with Responsibility for Communities says: "We are really excited to have Bella, a fully trained therapy dog in the library.  She is going to be dressed up in her space woman outfit and children are invited to come along and read stories to her.  They can also give her a cuddle and have their photos taken next to our Library Rocket.  We are promoting reading as part of the libraries "Space Chase" Summer Reading Challenge. Reading is fantastic for people's mental health, and so are animals.  We think that working with Bella (and her trainer) is a great way of blending these two great forms of support in a fun, family-friendly way.”
 
There is also a colouring competition with prizes to be won.
 
The session is a drop-in event.  People can visit the library any time between 10-12 on 21st August to meet with Bella and sign up to the "Space Chase”.
 
For more information about the event please visit our the libraries section of the Council's website or email KDlib@worcestershire.gov.uk. You can also find out more on Kidderminster library's Facebook page.