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Kids build skills reading to dogs at library



Anyone who ever said you can't teach an old dog new tricks obviously hasn't spent a Thursday night with his or her kids at the Edmond Public Library.

For the past year, children have looked forward to that weeknight at the library to enjoy their favorite books with their four-legged, furry friends, as certified therapy dogs are specially trained to listen while children read to the animals from a variety of dog stories provided by the library.

The program is offered to all children, but is especially valuable for those who need to build their self-confidence and reading skills.

"The dogs provide an uncritical, appreciative listening audience for the children," said librarian Karen Lehr. "Some children are nervous to read to adults, but they are more comfortable with the dogs."

Reading sessions are held 6-7:30 p.m. and last approximately 15 to 20 minutes at the Edmond Public Library, 10 S. Boulevard in Edmond. Parents can register their children upon arrival, and registration is free.

"We've had such wonderful success stories. One child came just because she was afraid of dogs and wanted to be around well-behaved dogs," Lehr said.

For more information, call 341-9282 or visit their site.

"Lauren Parajon

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