Huntington City-Township Public Library offering PAWS-TO-READ

The Huntington City-Township Public Library is offering fall PAWS-TO-READ programs.

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 practicing 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 the PAWS-TO-READ program 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, finding reading more enjoyable and checking out more books from the library.

This program is being offered to the Huntington City-Township Public Library and Canine Companion to children between the ages of 6-12.

Sessions will begin Saturday, Oct. 1, and take place every Saturday morning through Nov. 19. The sessions will be held at both the main library and the Markle Branch. The sessions at the main library are by appointment only.

All who are interested should call the main library at 356-0824 or the Markle branch at 758-3332 for more information or to reserve a session for their child.