Paws to Read is a very simple concept: Children read to dogs. The dogs listen and don’t tease, laugh, or judge the child. Through Paws to Read, we have created a positive, nonthreatening, fun environment for Flagstaff children in both the classroom and public library setting. Paws to Read began in 2002 and has helped improve the literacy skills of many Flagstaff children.

Paws to Read pairs Delta-registered therapy dogs and their handlers with young readers in schools and library environments. Warm brown eyes and doggy grins make all the difference to children’s reading experiences. Our dogs love to be read to! Many children in the Flagstaff community have already benefited from the program and the opportunity to read to such non-critical, caring listeners! Currently there are Paws to Read teams in Flagstaff public schools, local charter schools, and the summer reading programs at the main and east-side public libraries.

Contact the Paws to Read coordinator, Alida Dierker (928-699-4270) to learn more about the program

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