Children will gain reading practice and confidence during a free Read to a Dog program at Steilacoom Pierce County Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd., on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m.
Certified, trained dogs pay careful, patient attention to children learning to read and expand their reading abilities. The program encourages new or reluctant readers to develop important literacy skills.
“Often children have difficulties when reading aloud,” said Neel Parikh, executive director for Pierce County Library System. “In the Read to a Dog program, since the dogs listen and don’t tease or judge the child, confidence levels increase.”
For many children, Read to a Dog allows them a rare chance to experience stress-free reading. They come to think of themselves as good readers, which helps their self-esteem and makes them eager to read. Eager readers practice their reading more often, leading to improved reading skill.
The Danae Rideout Endowment, Pierce County Library Foundation and Pierce County Library System sponsor this free program.