|Morgan Kristo reads to her sister, Bridget, and trained therapy dog, Kody, during a Paws to Read session June 19 at Mentor Public Library.|
So how do you get a reticent reader more comfortable?
Like most problems in life, this conundrum can be solved by adding puppies.
|Diva listens as Leah Reamsbottom reads to her.|
The dogs help the kids relax so they can get used to reading to an audience.
And what do the dogs get out of it? Ear scratches, belly rubs, the adoration of grateful children. Pretty much everything a dog wants. (Maybe add a squirrel to bark at.)
|Sophia Kiggins reads "Jack and Jill and Big Dog Bill" to Hannah.|
The next session is slated for July 17 at our main branch at 8215 Mentor Avenue and registration for it begins on July 3.
Registration fills up quickly, so contact the children's department at Mentor Public Library soon if you think you child could benefit from Paws to Read.
There is often a waiting list for the program once registration begins.
For more information on Paws to Read and other children’s programs at Mentor Public Library call (440)-255-8811, ext. 221 or log on to www.mentorpl.org.
|Sometimes, reading to a dog can be a bit distracting. Here, Diva interrupts story time when she decides that she wants a kiss from Leah.|