Beginning in April, man’s best friend will become a kid’s best reading pal as the Randolph County Public Library kicks off “Tails to Read.”
"Tails to Read” invites children ages 6-12 to improve their skill and confidence by reading to one of five certified therapy dogs at the Asheboro Public Library.
Each child participating will spend 15 minutes getting to know and reading to one of the dogs during an initial session, and can return to read each week. Dog owner-handlers will be present during all visits between children and the dogs.
Saturday sessions will begin at 10 a.m. April 14 and continue weekly through the end of May. Thursday sessions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 12 and April 26.
The program is free, but registration is required. To sign up a child, visit the library’s Children’s Room or call 318-6804.
A special “Tails to Read” Kick-off will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the library. Anyone interested in participating is invited to meet the dogs and their owners, learn more about the program, learn how to interact with the dogs, and sign up for reading sessions.
Studies show that reading aloud to dogs has positive effects on children’s desire and ability to read. The loving, non-judgmental canine audience-of-one increases a child’s engagement with reading and helps build confidence.
Each child participating will receive a “PAW-some Reader” dog tag or wristband after the first session. Those who continue for five sessions will receive a free book.
The canine reading pals include:
- Emme, a seven-year-old yellow lab;
- Morgan, a seven-year-old Bernese mountain dog;
- Casey, a seven-year-old mixed breed;
- Charm, a seven-year-old collie
A fifth dog will be announced shortly.
The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro. For more information, call 318-6804 or visit http:www.randolphlibrary.org/tailstoread.html.