Books & Belly Rubs: Paws to Read

Hazel offers a paw while Josie reads to her.

Hazel offers a paw while Josie reads to her.

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.

Our next Paws to Read program will be on Wednesday, May 16, at our Main 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 May 2.

For more information on Paws to Read and other children’s programs at Mentor Public Library, call (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

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