Libraries are often a quiet place where both children and adults can research a topic or find a good story, but when children or adults visit a library and see a dog, the environment may become a little more exciting.

The Wayne County Public Library’s “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener - a furry friend to read to that won’t judge them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word, but rather lie next to them and enjoy the story being read to them.

The children learn to associate reading with being with the dog, and begin to view reading in a positive way.

Over time, the child’s reading ability and confidence can improve because they are practicing their skills, which will make them enjoy reading even more.

The Wayne County Public Library has had great success utilizing “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” as part of an after-school program.

The program was developed for struggling and reluctant readers. Placement in the program is based on teacher referrals.

In the library, the reading sessions always take place in a quiet, comfortable area.

The child picks out a book that he or she would like to read, and sits down next to the dog and handler and starts reading.

The visits are short- only lasting 20 minutes, but the impact lasts longer than just the session, as the child may be more likely to read on his or her own.

For more information or to enroll your child in “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” call Children’s Librarian, Betty Lawson at 570-253-1220 or email her at blawson@waynelibraries.org.