"Tail Wagging Tutors” is a program that pairs licensed therapy dogs with children who need more confidence in their reading skills. It is held at the Wayne County Public Library, 1406 Main Street, Honesdale. The first session is Oct 12th - Nov 9th from 4:00pm-5:10pm on Tuesdays.
Each child is paired with one dog, to read to quietly at the library, once a week and it's a popular program that is gaining momentum across the nation and internationally. Studies have shown that the presence of a calm, attentive dog moderates the stress responses more than the presence of an adult when children are reading aloud.
The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading – to a dog!
By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.
Children chosen for this program have difficulties reading. They are often self-conscious when reading aloud in front of other classmates.
Dogs involved are all certified through Therapy Dogs International. For more information regarding the program, please contact Children’s Librarian, Betty Lawson at 570-253-1220 or email her at email@example.com