Books & Belly Rubs: Paws to Read

Caesar must find Michael's reading soothing.

Caesar must find Michael’s reading soothing.

We let the dogs out.

In fact, we do it on the third Wednesday of every month.

That’s when a pack of adorable therapy dogs converge at our library for Paws to Read.

Paws to Read pairs young readers (between the ages of six and 12 years old) with the dogs, who listen to the kids as they read.

The dogs make an ideal audience—supportive and adorable—and all they ask for in return is the occasional belly rub. The program helps build the child’s confidence and makes reading fun for them.

Maddie scratches Diva's back while reading to her.

Maddie scratches Diva’s back while reading to her.

The next Paws to Read program will be on Wednesday, June 21, at our Headlands Branch. There will be two 30-minute sessions ; one beginning at 6:30 p.m.the next at 7 p.m. We only have so many therapy dogs; so, unfortunately, there’s a limit on how many kids can participate each month.

So, if you’re interested, you’ll want to sign up as soon as possible; and registration starts today.

For more information on Paws to Read and other children’s programs at Mentor Public Library, call (440) 257-2000.

Emily shows Honey the illustrations while reading to her.

Emily shows Honey the illustrations while reading to her.

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