Story Hours & Literacy Programs
Engaging books with a variety of reading levels that share the same message of empathy and kindness to animals (and each other!) that is pivotal to the Animal Welfare Society’s Humane Education mission. We offer several programs to promote literacy, animals and fun.
Furry Tales Story & Adventure Hour
Preschoolers and their families explore the exciting world of animals with stories, playtime, crafts, songs, movement and plenty of animal time. Each week is a new adventure!
Furry Tales takes place on Thursdays at 10 am, during the school year*.
No advanced registration needed. There is no charge for Furry Tales, though donations are always appreciated! You and your preschooler may want to bring a toy or item from our wish list for the animals.
* Furry Tales follows the RSU21 School Calendar. We do not hold Furry Tales on snow days, school breaks or holidays.
Rescue Readers is a brand-new reading program that 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 Humane Educator, as needed.
Drop in hours for Certified Rescue Readers are Thursdays from 3 pm – 4:30 pm*. To become Certified, all students and their parents must complete an orientation, scheduled with Humane Educator Brie Roche, at a mutually convenient time. During the orientation, students will get an overview of the reading program and learn basic body language for both cats and dogs so they can make the most of their time as a rescue reader. After completing the orientation, students will receive a certified badge, which they must wear when they drop in to read.
*Rescue Readers follows the RSU21 School Calendar. We do not hold Rescue Readers on snow days, school breaks or holidays.