DOGTORS Animal-Assisted Therapy dogs visit Mechanicsburg Public Library


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Christian Brewer reads to Izzy during a past PAWS for Reading program at the Mechanicsburg Public Library.

Christian Brewer reads to Izzy during a past PAWS for Reading program at the Mechanicsburg Public Library.


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MECHANICSBURG – The Mechanicsburg Public Library has been providing a fun way to practice reading for 14 years. The “PAWS for Reading” program is a partnership of reading and animal-assisted therapy teams. Reading to therapy animals is a powerful method to improve communication as well as literacy skills. Therapy animals make great listeners who help children gain confidence about their reading. All listening animals are certified pet therapy animals owned, trained and handled by volunteer members of DOGTORS Animal-Assisted Therapy.

This year’s PAWS Reading Saturdays are April 8 and 22 with time slots at 9:30, 10 and 10.30 a.m. Readers can bring their own book or choose one of the books the library will have ready. Registration is required to reserve a 20-minute reading time. Reserve a spot by contacting the library, 937-834-2004.

New this year is PAWS Game Day on April 15 from 10 a.m. to noon, two PAWS-itively fun hours of dog-themed games, activities, crafts and prizes. Try golfing skills with “PAWS 2 Putt,” ring toss proficiencies with “Dog Collar Throw,” strategic abilities with “Checkered Paws” and more.

Want to win a Tablet? Sign up and attend the Saturday Reading Sessions for chances to win a free Kindle Fire HD 8.

Christian Brewer reads to Izzy during a past PAWS for Reading program at the Mechanicsburg Public Library.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2017/03/web1_PAWS-wk-2-Apr-64-b.jpgChristian Brewer reads to Izzy during a past PAWS for Reading program at the Mechanicsburg Public Library. Submitted photo

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Submitted by the Mechanicsburg Public Library.