Sunday, September 20, 2015

Paws to Read: Kids, Pups & Books

Michael reads a Pete the Cat book to Hattie during Paws to Read. (Hattie, for her part, didn't object to the cat book.)
Looking for a way to get your child excited about reading?

Give him or her an audience.

Paws to Read pairs young readers (between the ages of six and 12 years old) with therapy dogs, who listen to the children as they read.

The dog is an ideal listener--attentive but never judgmental. (A canine, even the smartest one, has never corrected a child's pronunciation.) The program helps build the child's confidence and makes reading fun for them.
Caesar relaxes while Maria reads to him.
Registration for the June sessions start Oct 7. There will be two 30-minute sessions on Oct. 21 at our Main Branch; one beginning at 6:30 p.m., the next at 7 p.m. We only have so many therapy dogs; so, unfortunately, there’s a limit on how many kids can participate each month.

Furthermore, those spots tend to fill up quickly, so contact the children’s department at Mentor Public Library soon if you think you child could benefit from Paws to Read.

For more information on Paws to Read and other children’s programs at Mentor Public Library call (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.
Adianna and Hannah share a book about unicorns.
For more photos from Paws to Read, visit Mentor Library's Facebook page.

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