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  • Massillon library offers canine reading assistance

  • The Massillon Public Library will “paws” to help children of all ages better their reading skills on Jan. 14.
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  • The Massillon Public Library will "paws" to help children of all ages better their reading skills on Jan. 14.
    The library will offer a chance for children to work on their reading skills by reading aloud to specially trained dogs at its Paws to Read program.
    From 6-7:30 p.m., the Paws to Read program will give children the opportunity to read to Jada, the newest addition to the library's brigade of dog helpers. The goal of the program is to to improve the literacy skills of children with the assistance of registered canine reading companions in a fun and relaxed environment. Paws to Read is a free, nationwide program that requires no registration based on the philosophy that children with low self-esteem are often more willing to interact with an animal than another person.
    For more information, call the Massillon Public Library's Children's Department at
    330-832-5037 or visit www.massillonlibrary.org.