What’s better than curling up with a good book? Cuddling up with a Paws to Read therapy dog and a good book! Kids, dogs, and books—what a great relationship!
Paws to Read is a very simple concept: Children read to dogs. The dogs listen and don’t tease, laugh, or judge the child. The Massillon Public Library offers Paws to Read once a month, giving children the chance to read to therapy dogs.
The mission of the Paws to Read program is to improve the literacy skills of children with the assistance of registered canine reading companions in a fun and relaxed environment. The Paws to Read program is designed to attract children from every reading level. Research with therapy animals indicates that children with low self-esteem are often more willing to interact with an animal than another person. Even more, they are inclined to forget about their limitations.
Children involved in Paws to Read programs nationwide have experienced:
- Improved reading skills
- A sense of pride in their accomplishments
- Willingness to become involved in other positive activities
- More respect and kindness in their interaction with animals
- More enjoyment in reading
- An increased number of books they borrow from the library
The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way East. The Second Street entrance is handicapped accessible.