Research found that reading aloud to a canine listener for 10 weeks can improve a childs reading skills by as much as 12 percent.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to a childs success in reading out loud is the fear that someone will laugh when the reader makes a mistake, said Jennifer Jones, a librarian at Capitol Hill Library. Trained therapy dogs are nonjudgmental and comforting.
Capitol Hill Library, 334 S.W. 26th, will conduct two Children Reading to Dogs sessions at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.
Like any other skill, it takes practice to master reading aloud, Jones said. Kids who practice with a dog friend build their self confidence and their ability to complete homework assignments and participate at school.
For more information or to register, call 606-3245.