With school winding down and summer approaching, the Allen County Public Library steps in as a great resource to keep growing. First News Weekend launched a news series, “At the Library,” to help people keep track of what’s going on.
For the debut, Stephanny Smith, Ruth Davis and their dog Piper came to the studio to talk about Paws to Read. The program has children read books to dogs.
Children who participate in Paws to Read improve their literacy skills. For early readers, the act of sounding out the words and hearing the sounds is important, and it helps when reading is a positive, joyful experience for the kids. It’s also helpful for students learning English.
Smith and Davis says it’s easy for the children to read to dogs because the friendly animals don’t judge them.
The year-round program has been running for more than 10 years. It’s currently available at Aboite, Dupont, Georgetown, Main, and Pontiac branches.