This summer, children can brush up on their reading skills by attending our weekly Paws to Read events, happening at our Wausau Headquarters, Mosinee Branch and Rothschild Branch. During these sessions, kids have the opportunity to read to very relaxed and well-behaved therapy dogs, courtesy Therapy Dogs of Central Wisconsin. They can sit with their parent, guardian or caretaker as well as the dog’s handler and read from a book of their choosing.
Reading to a therapy dog can be a great benefit for a child because it gets them to read out loud without fear of being ridiculed. Some children don’t have a sibling, parent or friend willing to listen to them, or may have been teased in the past for mispronouncing a word or other reading errors. Therapy dogs simply listen, however, and don’t offer judgement or feedback. By strengthening their reading skills, your child will become a more confident (and often more voracious) reader. Plus, the get to spend some time with some cute canines!
MCPL’s Paws to Read program is held Mondays from 3-4 p.m. (through August 28) at MCPL Mosinee Branch, from 6-7 p.m. Tuedays (through July 25) at MCPL Rothschild Branch and from 1-3 p.m. Thursdays (through July 27) at MCPL Wausau. For more information, call 715-261-7220.