Literacy & Story Time
Experience animals of all kinds through books.
About this Program
Engaging books with a variety of reading levels that share the same message of empathy and kindness to animals (and each other!) is pivotal to AWS’ Youth Programs mission. We offer several programs to promote literacy, animals and fun.
What to Expect
Open to students in grades 1-8. Rescue Readers brings together elementary/middle school students and AWS resident pets for a half hour of literary-based confidence building. Reading aloud forms a special bond between student and pet. It provides enrichment and positive socialization for the animal, it boosts confidence in children, and it gives students a safe space to build a positive association with reading.
Students have access to special reading materials and receive reading comprehension guidance from our Youth Programs Coordinator, as needed. Students are also welcome to bring their own reading materials.
Furry Tales Story Time
What to Expect
Furry Tales Story Time combines pets, literacy and fun! Toddlers, preschoolers and their families explore the exciting world of animals with stories, playtime, crafts, songs, movement and plenty of time with various pets.
Furry Tales takes place in different locations in our community – including at area libraries. Check out the listings to find out when Furry Tales is heading to your community!
Furry Tales is free to attend, though donations are welcome. Children (and their families) are encouraged to bring in items they’ve purchased from our Wish List or made from our At-Home Project Guide.
Thank you to Kennebunk Savings for sponsoring Rescue Readers and Furry Tales Story Hour for the 2023-2024 school year.
With their generosity, these programs are free to attend.