The mission of the PAWS-TO-READ PROGRAM is to improve the literacy skills of children with the assistance of registered canine reading companions in a fun and relaxed environment. In PAWS-TO-READ, children ages 6-12 participate in one-on-one sessions in which they practice reading aloud to trained therapy dogs. 
Research with therapy animals indicates that children with low self-esteem are often more willing to interact with an animal than another person. Even more, they are inclined to forget about their limitations. Children involved in PAWS-TO-READ programs nationwide have shown:

* Improved reading skills
* A sense of pride in their accomplishments
* Willingness to become involved in other positive activities
* More Respect and kindness in their interaction with animals
* Found reading more enjoyable
* Checked out more books from the Library

This program is being offered by the Huntington City-Township Public Library in partnership with Canine Companion to children between the ages of 6 – 12. Sessions will take on the dates listed this fall at both library locations:

PAWS-TO-READ @ HCTPL Main Library
255 West Park Drive, Huntington
Sessions available every Saturday morning from October 6 – November 17, by appointment only

PAWS-TO-READ @ HCTPL Markle Branch Library
197 East Morse Street, Markle
Saturday morning sessions available on October 20, November 3rd, and additional dates to be determined, by appointment only.

We encourage all who are interested to call the Main Library at 260-356-0824 or the Markle Branch at 260-758-3332 for more information or to reserve a session for their child, as space is limited and registration is required. There is no charge for this program.