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Library to offer PAWS-TO-READ program

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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 accomplishment
* 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 fall at both library locations:

PAWS-TO-READ ath the HCTPL Main Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington
Saturday mornings from March 5 – April 23, by appointment only

PAWS-TO-READ at the HCTPL Markle Branch Library, 197 East Morse Street, Markle
March 26 & April 9, Saturday mornings 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.