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"Paws to Read" Brings Children and Dogs to Library (Story Hour Series Begins April 7)
"Paws to Read" ---a popular and appealing story hour that brings children and dogs together---is returning to Chula Vista Public Libraries. The program will be held at two locations. On April 7 and May 5, the program will be held at South Chula Vista Library located at 389 Orange Avenue at 3:30 p.m. Civic Branch Library, located at 365 F Street, will host the event on April 15 and May 20 at 3:30 p.m.

"Reading practice is so crucial but not always an easy task for early readers in kindergarten, first, second or third grades," said Library Director Betty Waznis. "We have found by introducing a friendly, furry four-legged friend who is patient, never bored or critical can tremendously boost a child's self-confidence by making reading a fun and enjoyable experience."

During the event, the children will choose a book and then read the story to the dogs. Participating dogs are pre-screened and used in therapy settings making them perfect listeners for early readers. Other dogs used in the program are from the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility. These adoptable pets not only make good reading partners but could also make a great addition to a child's home.

Registration is required to participate. Log on to to register online or contact (619) 691-5069 for Civic Branch Library or (619) 585-5755 for South Chula Vista Library.

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