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Paws for Reading now available for Term Four

After a positive response to the rollout of Paws for Reading, the Selwyn District Libraries programme is now open for bookings at Leeston and Rolleston libraries in term four.

The programme encourages children to read to a friendly dog, helping them gain greater confidence reading aloud, as well as developing their reading literacy.

Marwan Sayeed (6) enjoys reading to IndySelwyn Libraries Manager Vicki Carlyon says the programme has been very popular.  “After running the Paws for Reading trial in term two and three this year we have been very pleased with the feedback we’ve received from children and their parents,” she says. “The volunteer dog owners selected by the Selwyn Dog Training Club have also enjoyed contributing to children’s reading progress and seeing the enjoyment both dogs and children take from their interactions.”

Stanley (aged six) and Edward Goh (aged five), are brothers who have both attended Paws for Reading sessions at Rolleston Library. Stanley says he likes reading to the dogs because “the dogs listen and like my stories”.

Edward’s favourite books to read to the dogs are books about cats. The boys’ mother Heather Goh says the sessions are very beneficial to their reading confidence.

Pictured: Marwan Sayeed (6) enjoys reading to Indy

Last Changed: 09 Oct 2017

 

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