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Taylor Jackson

Paws Help Struggling Readers

July 18, 2013

(Aiken) — The Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell and Edgefield Regional Library System will continue its five week sequence, Paws to Read, to assist children with their literacy skills next Tuesday, July 23. Paws to Read is an event intended for children in grade levels of kindergarten through fifth grade.

Struggling readers will create a bond with and read to a trained therapy dog that loves to listen to stories. A dog handler will accompany the child while he or she reads. Children can bring their own books or utilize books the library has.

The Paws to Read team of furry friends consists of seven dogs. All seven are present for each time period. Although the event itself is an hour long, the time frame is divided into four slots. The session allotted for each child is 20 minutes.

Paws to Read is a weekly program that takes place on Tuesdays for the entire month of July. It began July 2 and is scheduled to end July 30. The event starts promptly at 11 a.m. and finishes at 12 p.m.

Paws to Read is open to the public, but requires pre-registration and a signed permission slip for attendance. The event will be held at the Aiken branch of the Regional Library System, located at 314 Chesterfield St.

For more information, please call the Paws to Read event number (642-7585) or the Aiken Regional Library System (642-2020).

Date for Release: July 20, 2013

Taylor Jackson: jacks596@email.usca.edu or 413-5544

Jackson is an English major attending the University of South Carolina – Aiken.

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Sources: http://www.abbe-lib.org:75/ABBEevents

http://www.abbe-lib.org:75/aiken/d02/07/2013/popup/21?incothers=yes&smonth=7

http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20130716/AIK0401/130719627/1031/paws-to-read-program-uses-dogs-to-help-children-read

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