Release the Hounds: Paws to Read at Mentor Public Library

Reading Pete the Cat? At Paws to Read? But Hattie enjoys Anna's book selection, so who are we to complain?

Reading Pete the Cat? At Paws to Read? But Hattie enjoys Anna’s book selection, so who are we to complain?

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.

Jake gets double the pups, reading to Hannah and Honey.

Jake gets double the pups, reading to Hannah and Honey.

Our next Paws to Read program will be Wednesday, April 20, 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.

Also, spots sometimes fill up quickly, so contact the children’s department at Mentor Public Library soon if you think you child would enjoy Paws to Read.

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

It looks like Caesar finds listening to Olivia relaxing.

It looks like Caesar finds listening to Olivia relaxing.

For more photos from Paws to Read, visit Mentor Public Library’s Facebook page.

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