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 last 2015 Paws to Read will be December 13 at the James City County Library.
Below are the Paws to Read dates for 2016. All are at 2:30 pm at the James City County Library, except for a special January 17 Paws to Read at 2:30 pm at the Williamsburg Library.
|January 10||July 24|
|February 28||August 21|
|March 20||September 25|
|April 10||October 23|
|May 22||November 20|
|June 19||December 18.|