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Dogs are all-ears for children's reading program - Source Monterey County Herald

Posted on Jan 01,2013
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Binyam Gebremeskel, 9, reads Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot to Lucy, a toy poodle, at Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, Va. (KATHERINE FREY/The Washington Post)

Source Monterey County Herald

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Sean Sullivan chose a book, sat down on the library rug and explained to Tavish that he was going to read him a mystery about a hidden treasure.

Tavish, never one to turn down a good story, wagged his short red tail and put his head on Sean's knee.

On the other side of the room, tucked into the back of the children's section of an Alexandria, Va., library, Jonathan Mendez was reading with a Spanish accent to a black Portuguese water dog named Skipper. A golden retriever was sprawled out in another corner, and a tiny toy poodle sat up, bright eyed, as a girl read to him about an alligator.

"If you're reading aloud in school to a whole class, you might be nervous," said Sean, who's 8. "But the dogs are really here to listen."

A growing number of libraries and some schools are inviting volunteers to bring their dogs in to help children learn, hoping the pets will calm children who are struggling, excite those who are bored and help kids equate reading with fun.

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