PAWS to Read!

Hey kids! Want to improve your reading skills with the help of a furry friend? The PAWS to Read will be at Lakeview Library on Wednesdays this month!

It's a great way for kids to practice oral fluency, spend time with a friendly canine and just have fun. “Paws to Read” brings gentle therapy dogs to the library. Kids in grades one through seven can sign up for a 20-minute time slot to read to Franklin, Griffin, Rafi or another friendly dog. The PAWS to Read Oakland program will be in the library from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons this month. You can sign up in advance for a session. Just call 238-7644. PAWS to Read will be in the library every Wednesday in July.

Studies have shown that reading with trained therapy dogs can improve a child’s self-esteem and confidence, as well as encourage a child to read more. Dogs are friendly, supportive and non-judgmental, and provide a great incentive for kids to visit their local library.

The dogs and volunteers are being provided by TherapyPets, a non profit, all-volunteer group that facilitates animal-assisted therapy, bringing animals to nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities to enrich the lives of children and adults. TherapyPets is based in Oakland, California.