Kids, dogs, and books. . . what a great relationship! Paws to Read attracts children from the entire spectrum of reading levels who come once a month on a Sunday afternoon to read to trained K-9 Connection therapy dogs.
The dogs, family pets representing many breeds, and their owners who volunteer their time have been certified in pet therapy. It has been observed over and over that children's reading abilities improve as they gain confidence by reading to dogs. Why? The dogs listen uncritically and wag their tails as the kids read. In addition to reading improvement, Paws shows kids how to relate to dogs as pets. How? The loving relationship between the dog and its owner helps foster kindness, respect, and good animal interaction skills. Each participant is required to have a permission slip signed by a parent.
The final Paws to Read for 2016 will be at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, December 18 at the James City County Library. Below are dates and locations for 2017 Paws to Read.
|January 8||James City County Library|
|February 5||James City County Library|
|March 12||James City County Library|
|April 9||James City County Library|
|May 7||James City County Library|
|June 11||James City County Library|
|July 9||Williamsburg Library|
|August 20||Williamsburg Library|
|September 24||Williamsburg Library|
|October 29||Williamsburg Library|
|November 19||Williamsburg Library|
|December 17||Williamsburg Library|