Monday, November 14, 2011

Paws to Read in Bealeton

Children ages 5-10 are invited to drop in and say hello to trained and certified therapy dogs at 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sat., Nov. 19, at the Bealeton Library. This "Meet and Greet" is an introduction to the library's new Paws to Read program coming to the Bealeton Library in January. 

Teachers and librarians have found that most children enjoy reading to therapy dogs, and for children who are hesitant to read aloud in front of others, reading to dogs presents an opportunity to read aloud in a nonjudgemental setting.

The Paws to Read program is free, but a signed permission slip is required and each child must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or other
caregiver. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 3, or drop by the Bealeton Library to pick up a permission slip.

The John Marshall Library has a ongoing Paws to Read program. Children in the Marshall area read to therapy dogs at 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month.

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