Operated by local public libraries, Paws to Read brings VHS Canine Comfort teams together with children age five to twelve to promote literacy and a love of animals in a library setting. The program is offered at Pleasanton, Livermore, Danville, and Castro Valley libraries, among others.
By providing safe, positive interaction with animals, Paws to Read offers children a relaxed, non-judgmental environment in which to practice reading. The benefits of reading to animals have been documented to include increased reading fluency and improved attitudes about reading aloud.
To participate in Paws to Read, please contact your local library for session dates and times.