Young readers sharpen skills on four-legged listeners

A new children’s program will establish itself on Monday, March 17, at the Auglaize County Public Library.

The idea behind the program is to give young readers an opportunity to read to someone who won’t judge, tease or laugh, just listen.

The perfect match to fit that criteria happens to have four legs and a wet nose.

Through Paws2Read, the library hopes to create a positive, nonthreatening, fun environment for children in grades K-2 who may be struggling or reluctant with reading.

Youth Services Coordinator at the library, Karie Maurer-Enneking said the library will pair a registered therapy dog with a young reader in a quiet, safe library environment. The main goal of the program is to provide a service to the children and families of Wapakoneta and Auglaize County who are new to, struggling with and/or losing interest in reading.

“It is our hope that this program will encourage kids to find their stride with reading, to realize they are competent and can improve with reading and hopefully, to grow to love it,” Maurer-Enneking said. “Our hope is definitely to have children emerge from their time with the Paws2Read program having improved their reading.”

For the full story, see the Monday, March 3 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.