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Paws to Read coming to DeMotte Library

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DeMotte Library Offers “Paws to Read” Program for Elementary School Age Children

The DeMotte Public Library has gone to the Dogs! Reading assistance dogs that is. The library is pleased to announce the Paws to Read program. The program allows elementary readers the opportunity to practice their reading skills by reading to a dog.

Recent news stories confirm that having a pet or even being visited by one encourages good health; lowers blood pressure, and alleviates stress. So imagine how a child feels when reading to a non-judgmental, furry friend. The program encourages reading and helps the reader gain confidence. This isn’t a tutoring program, but a reading encouragement program.  Reading assistance dogs, Toby and Scooter, are provided and handled by K.V. Pet PALS volunteers Del Cleek and Sherri Truelock.

Paws to Read sessions will be thirty minutes long and held the second Saturday of the month. A “Meet the Dogs” event will be held on February 18th from 10:00 a.m. until noon in the story room at the DeMotte Library. Toby and Scooter will be there with information about the program and readers will have a chance to register for the program.  For more information contact the Library at 219-987-2221.