PAWS for Reading in Makawao

Published On: Mar 03 2014 12:11:45 PM HST

Makawao Public Library

A young reader (left) reads a story to Yoshi with the assistance of Jasmine, an Assistance Dogs of Hawaii Therapy Dog Handler, at last year's program at Makawao Public Library.

MAKAWAO, Hawaii -

"PAWS for Reading," a free program for keiki in grades 1 through 5, will be offered at Makawao Public Library every Saturday in March 2014.

The programs will be conducted on March 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Tutoring Room.

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, a non-profit organization that provides people with physical disabilities specially-trained dogs to assist them in living more independent lives, will present a program which is said to improve children's reading and communication skills.

Reading to a Therapy Dog can help build a keiki's reading confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and is a lot of fun.

Parents should contact the Library to sign up their children for 15-minute reading sessions. Pre-registration is required. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Makawao Public Library is located at 1159 Makawao Avenue. For more information or to sign-up for a reading session, please call the Library at (808) 573-8785.

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