• Stephanie Gillett

Kids Need to Read So Writers Can Write. Right?

Updated: Jun 22

We writers are often the work-at-home types, so naturally we've got plenty of free time on our hands to run errands, meet up with people, and let out the neighbor's cat while he's on vacation. Right?


Really, not so much. But I always try to find time to serve my community.


Mind you, I'm not one of those volunteers/patron saints that gives their waking hours, all their money and worldly possessions to the cause of their hearts. Hats off to those people - I know several and they have my deepest respect. Still, whenever I find an opportunity to contribute my talents, I try to do it.


In this case, I'm facilitating the contribution of my dog's talents - specifically, his talent for sitting quietly while young children read aloud to him.




When we moved up here to the Great White North of Michigan, I volunteered Ernie's services to the Presque Isle District Library. He'd done similar volunteer work for the Community Action Network in Ann Arbor, so he had some experience to offer. The program director welcomed us with open arms, and now Ernie is reading with young children on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


They did A LOT of publicity. We've been in two newspapers, The Presque Isle County Advance (left) and The Alpena News. As a result of the news coverage, we will be going on tour to some different libraries in the area. Demand is big.


I had no idea it was going to take off quite like this. So, I'll be trying to juggle the day job (that no one thinks I actually have) while I chauffeur the furry reading hero from location to location. I'll make it work, because my best friend and I are doing something good here.



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