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Library offers Spring PAWS-TO-READ programs

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012

The mission of the PAWS-TO-READ PROGRAM is to improve the literacy skills of children with the assistance of registered canine reading companions in a fun and relaxed environment. In PAWS-TO-READ, children ages 6-12 participate in one-on-one sessions in which they practice reading aloud to trained therapy dogs. Research with therapy animals indicates that children with low self-esteem are often more willing to interact with an animal than another person. Even more, they are inclined to forget about their limitations. Children involved in PAWS-TO-READ programs nationwide have shown:

• Improved reading skills
• A sense of pride in their accomplishments
• Willingness to become involved in other positive activities
• More respect and kindness in their interaction with animals
• Found reading more enjoyable
• Checked out more books from the Library

This program is being offered by the Huntington City-Township Public Library and Canine Companion to children between the ages of 6 – 12.  Sessions will take on the dates listed this spring at both library locations: PAWS-TO-READ at HCTPL Main Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington. Sessions are available every Saturday morning from March 3 to April 28, by appointment only.

PAWS-TO-READ is available at the HCTPL Markle Branch Library, 197 E. Morse Street in Markle. Saturday morning sessions are available on March 3, March 17, April 14, and April 28, by appointment only. We encourage all who are interested to call the Main Library at (260) 356-0824 or the Markle Branch at (260) 758-3332 for more information or to reserve a session for their child, as space is limited and registration is required.  There is no charge for this program.