Children who read aloud to therapy dogs on a regular basis demonstrate drastic improvement in their reading skills! Animals provide a safe, non-judgmental presence for struggling readers. Sharing books with furry supporters helps children to:
•Sustain concentration and focus
•Maintain a higher level of awareness
•Improve attitudes toward school
•Increase reading comprehension and fluency
•Expand their use of vocabulary and language
•Boost confidence and pride in their reading skills
•Cultivate a higher motivation for reading and learning
•Foster positive social interactions
•Feel more comfortable about learning
•Enjoy the experience of reading
Plus, the dogs enjoy it, too!
The Lititz Public Library Paws to READ program is offered on the second Saturday of the month from September through May. During the summer, it is offered on Fridays. Check the program calendar for specific dates.