The Pflugerville Library is hosting the “Paws & Read” program, where children can sit down and read their favorite story to a furry friend!
Literary studies have shown that reading out loud and listening to stories read aloud can improve vocabulary, provide confidence in reading and language problem solving skills. What better way to practice than with a therapy dog!
Dogs provide a non-judgemental listener for students to practice their reading. The dogs sit there, listen, and encourage the children to read out loud without correcting them. This is a way for children to want to read and become comfortable with the library as well.
Children are able to associate reading with something enjoyable and not scary, as sometimes reading in front of other peers can be. The children look forward to coming to the library and reading to their four legged friend more often.
Not all children are comfortable around dogs, as they may not have had much time around dogs, so this program offers a safe opportunity on how to approach and interact with a dog, thus building confidence and ease.
The next “Paws & Read” event will be held at the Pflugerville Public Library located at 1008 W Pfluger Street on Saturday, January 13th, from 4:30 to 5:30. Grades K-2 are encouraged to come out and read to furry friends!