Library offers a furry ear to listen as young readers develop their skills

The Huntington City-Township Public Library is offering Paws-to-Read programs on Saturday mornings through April 23.

The program offers children ages 6 through 12 a chance to read aloud to trained therapy dogs. Children with low self-esteem are often more willing to interact with an animal than another person, research shows, and often forget about their limitations.

Nationwide, children involved in Paws-to-Read programs have shown improved reading skills, a sense of pride in their accomplishments, willingness to become involved in other positive activities and respect and kindness in their interaction with animals. They also found reading more enjoyable and checked out more books from the library.

Sessions are offered, by appointment only, at the main library in Huntington and at the Markle branch library. Markle sessions are on March 26 and April 9 only.

To reserve a session, call the Huntington library at 356-0824 or the Markle branch at 758-3332.

There is no charge for the program, which is sponsored by the library and Canine Companions.