Paws to Read

On Tuesday, April 9, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., children are invited to come to the Massillon Public Library to “sit, stay, and read” to patient and fuzzy listeners. 

Man's best friend can do a lot more than fetch and roll over. Research now suggests that dogs can actually help children learn to read. For many children, reading is a fearful, intimidating task. The embarrassment often associated with reading in front of their class or to a teacher ultimately robs kids of the adventures awaiting them in the pages of a book. 
 
Massillon Public Library’s Paws to Read program transforms this difficult and stressful experience into one of meaning and exploration. Certified therapy dog volunteers visit our library every month and allow children to pet and read to their dogs. It has been observed over and over again that children’s reading abilities improve as they gain confidence from reading to dogs.
 
This free program, held in the library’s auditorium, requires no registration. For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 330.832.5037. 
 
The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way East. The Second Street entrance is handicap accessible.