Library program packs serious benefits for kids
Abby will be at the library again Monday, Jan. 27.
By Laiken Owens
One of the many programs offered at the Pickens Library is READing Paws with Abby, a program that improves children’s reading and communication skills by reading to a highly trained animal.
READing Paws has now been at the library for two years thanks to volunteers Don Miller and his medium sized mixed-breed dog Abby. READing Paws, an affiliate of Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ), offers a relaxed, safe, nonjudgmental way for children to become motivated about reading.
“Participating kids make enormous strides in reading and communication skills while, along the way, building self-esteem, confidence, and social skills,” according to program information.
Many parents and educators across the country who have seen the program in action say it’s great.
“When children read to dogs, the experience is just magical-there’s no other way to describe it,” said one supporter.
Abby will be at the library again Monday, Jan. 27, at 3:30 p.m. Contact the library to register for READing Paws with Abby at 706-692-5411. For more information about READing Paws or Abby go to www.READingPaws.org.