Reading to Dogs Helping Children to Read Better


MAHOMET — Research shows that children who read aloud, read better. Now an area library is giving them the chance to practice their skills with some four-legged friends.

The Mahomet Public Library offers a program called “Read to a Dog” on the first Saturday of every month. Trained therapy dogs come to the library where children can choose a book and read aloud to them.

“It builds literacy skills,” said librarian Neal Schlein. “The dog doesn’t care if you get all the words right! That encourages the kids to keep reading. Practice makes perfect.”

The dogs chosen for the program come from a group called C-U Canine Connection. The group trains therapy dogs who then travel to various events and help people build their comfort with animals or just provide a little stress relief.

To learn the difference between a “service” dog and a “therapy” dog, click the video.

The Read to a Dog program happens every first Saturday of the month at the Mahomet Public Library. To learn more about this program and the many others offered at the library, visit their web site:

To book an event with or learn more about C-U Canine Connection, link here:

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