Top Story Tuesday: June 19

We all know that dogs are our best friends, but especially for young readers in public libraries across Canada.

The Paws to Read is a library program that gives kids the chance to build their reading confidence by reading with a canine companion. The program is offered across Canada to libraries. Kids in Grades 1 to 5 can sign up to read out loud with a therapy dog once a week, to practice their reading skills.

The Quill & Quire ran a piece this week highlighting the program in Halifax. Since its inception in 2007, Paws to Read has helped 770 kids in Halifax. Anders Balderston, a children’s services library assistant at the Halifax Central Library, knows why the program works so well. “The kids come out and want to sign up for another five weeks, do it again right away. The dog has zero judgment. The best listener ever.” he says.

Paws to Read is offered in libraries across Canada, and you can click here for more information! Is it at your local library? What do you think of the idea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!



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