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
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 to children between the ages of 6 – 12. Parents can register their children for sessions at both library locations:
PAWS-TO-READ @ HCTPL Main Library
255 West Park Drive, Huntington
Sessions available every Saturday morning from March 8 – April 26, by appointment only
PAWS-TO-READ @ HCTPL Markle Branch Library
197 East Morse Street, Markle
Saturday morning sessions available on March 8 and March 15, and additional dates to be determined, by appointment only.
Call the Main Library at 260-356-0824 or the Markle Branch at 260-758-3332 for more information or to reserve a session, as space is limited and registration is required. There is no charge for this program.