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Program at Cobb libraries helps children become better readers

Cobb County, GA --  Libraries in Cobb County were saved this week from having to totally shut down and wnd business. This is great because of a new program that is helping children to become better readers.

Cobb libraries have teamed up with Reading Education Assistance Dogs for another season of READing Paws programs, with several newly-trained dogs joining the team.

READing Paws programs are available throughout Cobb libraries.

The free children's program is a one-on-one storytime and is used to enhance children's love of reading and encourage literacy through the use of therapy animals. The child reads to a trained dog for 15 minute sessions that are monitored by a dog handler.

Through the process, handlers help develop reading pronunciation and comprehension. The presence of the dog helps children be less anxious about their reading abilities and more apt to explore reading as a fun learning experience.

Dogs are registered, tested and insured therapy animals. They have been screened for skills and temperament, health and cleanliness, good manners and attitude.

Children can read to Maya at the Centrail Library, 266 Roswell Road, Marietta, every other Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Registration for READing Paws is required. For more information, call 770-528-2331. The program is also available at other branch libraries. Call the local branch for details, or visit cobbcounty.org/library.