Reading to Therapy Dogs can improve a child's reading fluency
Credits: Library of the Chathams
It’s not every day you see a dog in the library. But once a month at the Library of The Chathams, you see just that - dogs with children gathered around, confidently reading some of their favorite books aloud.
The program, Read to Therapy Dogs, takes place every third Wednesday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. in the children’s room, and all children are welcome to stop by and take their turn reading to one of the therapy dogs provided by volunteers from St. Hubert’s Paws For People program.
So why should your child practice reading with a therapy dog? According to a study from the University of California-Davis, children who read to therapy dogs can improve their reading fluency. Children who participated in the study also reported that they felt more relaxed when reading to a therapy dog, and that, of course, reading to a dog is fun.
Your next chance to bring your child to read to a therapy dog at our library is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. We hope to see you there!
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