Books with Bo

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Theresa Myers and her granddaughter, Adrianna, love to visit their local library and it is not just because they get to browse and borrow dozens of books that strike their interest. What the inseparable duo from the southwest area say they love the most is the variety of educational and entertaining programs that are offered to enrich the mind and spirit, in particular a new program called Books with Bo that is being hosted at the Grove City Library. Around 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, Bo, a 2-year-old Great Pyrenees, comes bounding into the youth services department demanding to be read to by children who are looking to becoming more comfortable with sounding out words and petted by any child or adult who might need to unwind for a minute or two – or 60, which is the duration of the Books with Bo program. Since receiving his therapy dog certification over a year ago, Bo and his human, Patrick Shaw, have been traveling the Grove City area, cheering up patients at nursing homes and delighting students at schools but this past October marked the first time the gentle giant has had a designated reading and comfort program held at a library. Shaw said they are scheduled to make another appearance at the Grove City Library on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. and they are also planning to come out in March and April though the exact date and time has not yet been determined. Theresa and Adrianna Myers, who are pictured here reading “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” by Charles M. Schultz, to Bo at the Jan. 18 program said they will be there for that event too. “We just love Bo so much and we are so thankful to have a library that will offer programs like these,” said Myers.
Bo knows that no one can resist this sweet face, which is why he wants more children to come out and visit him during his next appearance at the Grove City Library.
Children snuggle up to Bo while the adults converse with his human, Patrick Shaw (not pictured). They reside in Mount Sterling with Patrick’s wife and Bo’s brother, Archer – a Bernese Mountain Dog who is a bit too rambunctious to be a therapy dog.
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