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Therapy dogs lend an ear to young readers at Moore


white dog wearing black eye glassesIs the Moore Public Library going to the dogs? Well, not exactly. In fact, the dogs are coming to the library.

Books, Barks and Buddies, an ongoing program for children to read to therapy dogs, takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the library, 225 S. Howard Ave. in Moore.

Certified therapy dogs, through Tail Waggin’ Tutors and Therapy Dogs International, and handlers from Creatures and Kids, Inc. are conducting the sessions. The motto of the tutors is “Reading is Knowledge; Knowledge is Power, Paws a while to Read!”

Children are given the opportunity to read stories to a friendly doggie-ear while improving their reading skills. Children of all ages are welcome; the program is for kids needing to improve their reading skills, who need practice reading out loud, who want to boost their reading confidence, or maybe, just for children who enjoy dogs. Sessions last for 15 minutes.

The main concept of the program is to pair kids with dogs in a relaxed atmosphere. As the child sits next to a friendly canine and reads a story out loud, all thoughts of being judged and criticized are put aside. The results are proven and powerful, with children showing improved reading ability along with greater self esteem and confidence. Through this process, reading becomes an activity children can associate as a fun and pleasant experience.

Registration is required to sign up for a 15-minute time slot. To register, visit the Children’s Services Desk in the library or call 793-4347.

 

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