By Stacey Inman | Research suggests that reading aloud is important for improving reading levels in children; however, oftentimes children can be nervous and intimidated to read in front of others. Libraries around the country have had great success pairing children and therapy dogs to improve a child’s literacy skills.
Beginning August 21 st , the Beaufort Branch Library will begin offering “Read to a Pup” on a first-come,
first-served basis every other Monday. Children’s programmer Catherine Williams has teamed up with Karen West of Dog and Handler Training LLC to offer 15-minute tutoring sessions with a specially-trained
therapy dog. Children often feel comfortable reading aloud to a dog.
If your child struggles with confidence and reading, reserve a time for them to read to some of the best listeners in town. Sign-ups will begin on August 14 th with limited slots available. To reserve a spot, please
contact the Beaufort Branch Library’s Children’s Department at 843-255- 6441.
Regular story times at the Beaufort Branch Library will also continue in August with the following schedule:
Tiny Tots Time!
Mondays at 11:00am | Ages 0-4 and their adult caregiver
Tiny Tots Time 2!
Tuesdays at 10:00am | Ages 0-4 and their adult caregiver
Young Literati: Pre-K to Kindergarten
Thursdays at 4:00pm |Ages 4-6 | Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs, occasional crafts, and snacks.
All programs at the Beaufort County Library are free. Please contact the Children’s Department at 843-255-6441 for more information.