Monday, May 5, 2008

Paws to Read!

It's getting closer, so here's another reminder about this unique reading program to improve children’s literacy skills and give them a great sense of accomplishment. How does it work? They read to dogs. Yes, you read that right—dogs!

Children who sign up will have the opportunity to read to guide dogs or registered therapy dogs. The dogs volunteer with their owners.

Why dogs? According to the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program, “Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears.” Children often find that reading to dogs is less intimidating, and is fun, too. As one child who participated in a similar library program said, “The dogs don’t tease you when you miss a word.”


The program will take place at:
· Children’s Library
· Saturday, May 24
· 2:30—3:30 pm.

Children should sign up in advance for 15 minute time slots by coming in to Children’s Library or by calling (650)329-2436 (and selecting the Children’s Reference option). Drop-ins will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis if space is available, but we recommend signing up in advance to guarantee a spot.
If you know a child who does not think that reading is fun, please let his or her family know about this special program.

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