Dogs aren’t just great companion animals, they’re also great listeners! In 2015, 316 children participated in the ‘Paws to Read’ library program. We have 14 Certified Therapy Dogs in our program where children read aloud to our volunteer dogs. Reading sessions are one-on-one with the dog (the trainer is also present) and last 20 minutes. The program is free and is for independent readers in grades 1-5. Parents will need to sign a registration form. Children may bring their favorite book or pick one from the library. Studies have shown that reading to dogs helps children improve reading skills and build self-confidence. It’s fun and children do not feel judged by the dog. If the child misses a word, the dog just listens and wags his (or her) tail.
For more information, please visit www.KingsportLibrary.org or call 423-229-9488.