Library program pairs kids with therapy dogs to help them read out loud

DETROIT - Children needing help reading are finding confidence in four-legged friends.

The kids in a new Detroit program are paired up with a therapy dog who they read aloud to so they can practice and feel less embarrassed when they read in class.

Central Library Assistant Director Kate Demeester says it's allowing kids more practice and a new way to learn to read better and with more confidence.

It's likely that this program helps not only the children, but the pets as well.

In many shelters and organizations across the country, kids and adults are encouraged to spend time reading to cats and dogs.

The reading time gives the animals socialization and comfort, while the kids get more time to brush up reading skills.




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