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Middletown Public Library has partnered with Caring Hearts Pet Therapy to present a program that encourages a love of reading and provides therapy from a furry friend.
Tales with TAILS, which stands for Therapy Animals Increasing Literacy Skills, is a program that allows children from kindergarten through 5th grade to engage with therapy dogs and cats while reading to them individually or in small groups.
With guidance from literacy mentors at Caring Hearts Pet Therapy, children read books to animals, which act as attentive, non-judgmental listeners to support the development of their reading and communication skills.
According to the Caring Hearts Pet Therapy website, this program helps increase relaxation and lower blood pressure.
John Grayshaw, director of the Middletown Public Library, said the program becomes more important during the school year because it gives children the opportunity to relax and apply skills learned in school.
“I hope this finds the kids who are struggling the most and helps improve their reading skills, because it’s one of the skills needed for life,” Grayshaw said.
To participate in this program, visit the Middletown Public Library at 20 N Catherine St. on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m.