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 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:

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.