Paws To Read
Our Paws to Read programs are held at schools and libraries in Central Indiana and offer children an opportunity to practice reading to a Paws & Think therapy dog. Research shows that therapy dogs can help to reduce anxiety as well as improve focus and attention span. Therapy dogs serve as a calm presence and allow children to work to improve literacy, comprehension, and communication with a nonjudgmental listener.
Paws & Think is an affiliate of Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.), a worldwide organization focused on improving the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams. This partnership allows Paws & Think’s therapy team handlers the opportunity to take additional training as literacy mentors to help children gain confidence, improve social skills, and develop a love of reading.
Paws to Read Venues
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have paused our in-person Paws to Read program with our library partners.
Below is our current virtual visit schedule. You can register to participate in virtual Paws to Read visits via the library websites. If you are interested in starting a Paws to Read program at your venue, please email us at email@example.com.
Indianapolis Public Library- indypl.org
1st Monday, 4:00p-5:00p
2nd Saturday, 10:00a-11:00a
3rd Wednesday, 4:00p-5:00p
Brownsburg Public Library- bburglibrary.net
3rd Saturday, 11:00a-12:00p
Carmel Clay Public Library- carmelclaylibrary.org
4th Saturday, 10:30a-11:30a
Westfield Washington Public Library- wwpl.lib.in.us
2nd Saturday, 10:30a-11:30a
Greenwood Public Library- greenwoodlibrary.us
2nd Thursday, 6:00p-7:00p