Horse Tales — Reading with Horses

Reading out loud can be intimidating. But sharing a book with a curious, non-judgmental furry friend, as it turns out, is a lot of fun. Fieldstone Farm has teamed up with the Bainbridge Branch of the Geauga County Library to introduce Horse Tales, a new program to help young readers improve their literacy skills. Children spend 15 minutes reading a favorite book out loud to one of the 40 horses in the barn.

“Both the children and horses love this time together,” says Aviva Vincent, Director of Program of Quality at Fieldstone Farm. “Just watching the children smile as the horses reach out their noses to get a closer look at the book, is a huge confidence builder!”

Fieldstone and the library kicked off the program in June and it has been running every month since. To date, 128 reading sessions have been logged.

To sign up for the next reading session, please go to the Geauga County library website. For questions, call Mary Balog at the library, (440) 543-5611.