MASSENA Reading is going to the dogs starting Nov. 7 at Massena Public Library, 41 Glenn St.
Kimberly A. Holmes, youth services librarian, said shes scheduling blocks of time for kids to come in and read to certified therapy dogs, a move that builds the youngsters confidence in reading.
The child sits on a beanbag chair, and the dog will listen to them read a story, Ms. Holmes said. Its supposed to help with fluency in struggling readers. Its actually proven that it helps struggling readers. The dog isnt going to judge them if they misread a word. The dogs just going to love them anyhow.
Brandi, a certified therapy dog, will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the library.
Theyre certified therapy dogs that a woman in Canton owns, Ms. Holmes said. Kids can make an appointment for 15 minutes a time.
Young readers will choose their own books, and each child and the dog will sit together to share a story for the 15-minute block.
Ms. Holmes said the program is a unique way to improve a youngsters reading skills.
Its been popular in other places, too, she said. This is an excellent way to build fluency with readers. Its good for confidence-building and fluency. I have worked with reluctant readers. Ive seen the change it makes for the kid.
Some appointments have already been booked, but other times are available, she said.
Im telling everybody that comes into the library. Its good for the kids. The kids really like the dogs, she said.
Registration is required, and appointments can be made at the front desk or by calling the library at 769-9914.