The furriest four legged friends are coming to our library to hear a story or two. Wright Memorial Public Library is pleased to present a new biweekly program beginning January 17 called Paws to Read. Young readers of all abilities and confidence levels are welcome to come read with therapy dogs in the cozy library atmosphere. Studies have shown that kids who have anxiety around reading aloud in the classroom improve when they read to a dog. Dogs provide a non-judgmental reading partner. Kids can practice and improve their skills while the performance pressure is removed. Additionally, interacting with the dogs builds excitement and eagerness about reading and for some kids allows them to associate positive, fun feelings with reading.
All the dogs at Paws to Read are certified therapy animals with the non-profit organization,
DOGTORS, the only organization in the region that provides certification in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). This certification means that the dogs have been observed and tested by professional dog trainers during 15 hours of class time over 8 weeks which includes role playing scenarios, plus a final test in which they demonstrate their skill.
While children are waiting for their turn to read with the dogs, the University of Dayton's Pi Beta Phi chapter will offer a selection of reading activities. For for schedule and times please click here.