Monday, January 28, 2013

Paws to Read @ Your Library

Make no bones about it, children are improving their reading skills at Fauquier County Public Library Paws to Read programs and having a whole lot of fun while they're at it.

Children who are hesitant to read aloud in front of others find reading to dogs presents an opportunity to read aloud in a nonjudgemental setting. This kind of encouragement is proving to be beneficial to young readers nationwide.
Library Journal recently reported that therapy dogs' presence is growing in libraries across the country. The article cites a Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University study that found that second-grade students with a range of reading aptitudes and attitudes toward reading experienced a gain in their reading ability and improvement in their attitudes toward reading after reading to therapy dogs. In the same study, those who read to people experienced a decrease on both measures.

Other studies found children's reading skills increased as much as two grade levels after reading to dogs over a several week period.
  • John Marshall Library: 4 p.m., 1st Wednesday of the month
  • Warrenton Library: 4 p.m., 3rd Monday of the month (except holidays; call for more information)
  • Bealeton Library: 10:30 a.m., 3rd Saturday of the month

 The library's Paws to Read programs are free, but you do need a signed permission slip to attend.

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