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Monday, November 12, 2007

Afterschool Programs

Published: November 9, 2007 in the Journal Gazette Weekender
These pictures were taken at the Hessen Cassel "Paws to Read" Program. Our average attendance is 5-8 kids that read to our therapy dog. Phil, pictured here, takes turns with Sam, a golden retriever, who is our other 'paws' dog.

On the scene

Photos by Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette

Euneisha Bright, 9, gets encouragement from therapy dog Phil while reading with the Paws to Read program at Hessen Cassel library. Paws to Read is an opportunity for kids to read aloud to a smiling, tail-wagging pup.

Arial Lee, 11, reads a story to Phil, who appears more interested in the camera than listening to the book being read to him.

Paws to Read

Good ol’ Fido. Not only will that lovable mutt of yours fetch your newspaper, keep your feet warm at night and search your garbage for any half-eaten cans of beans you might have “accidentally” thrown away, he’s also the world’s best listener.

He never gossips, judges you for not switching to energy-saving light bulbs or teases you about your inability to pronounce the word “pulchritudinous.”

This is why Fido – and a host of other therapy dogs – arrives weekly at several of our local library branches for Paws to Read, an opportunity for kids to read aloud to a smiling, tail-wagging pup. (Because all kids know mispronouncing words doesn’t bother dogs. Unless you mispronounce “dinner time.”)

What: Paws to Read

When and where : 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Aboite branch, 5630 Coventry Lane; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Dupont branch, 536 E. Dupont Road; 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at Georgetown branch, 6600 E. State Blvd.; 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Grabill branch, 13521 State St., Grabill; 5 p.m. Mondays at Hessen Cassel branch, 3030 E. Paulding Road; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays at Little Turtle branch, 2201 Sherman Blvd.; 7 p.m. Mondays at Tecumseh branch, 1411 E. State Blvd.; 4:30 p.m. first and third Mondays at Waynedale branch, 2200 Lower Huntington Road.

Cost : Ear scratches and belly rubs

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2 comments:

Nancy said...

Love it! What a great news article. The cost of the program that she gave is right on.

Did you share this with CR?

Jen said...

This is very exciting!