Youths can read to dogs at Belt Branch library
Youths can practice their reading skills by reading to trained therapy dogs on Tuesdays in August at Rolling Hills Library Belt Branch, 1904 N. Belt.
The 20-minute sessions will be offered 10-11 a.m. on Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25, with youths reading individually to a dog. Parents can sign up their children at the library or online at rhcl.libcal.com.
Local members of Pet Partners, a national organization dedicated to improving people’s well-being through positive interaction with animals, are providing the dogs and will be at the reading sessions.
Reading out-loud to dogs is a great way for children to build confidence in their reading skills because dogs can’t criticize their abilities. The reading sessions also help children retain their reading fluency while out of school.
The sessions are free and open to all children who are beginning readers and older. For more information, call the library at 816-232-5479.