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Building confidence with furry friends

Thursday, Dec. 19 | By Hannah Dellinger
When children first learn to read, some have confidence issues when it comes to reading aloud. Dogs are the perfect accepting audience for children having trouble reading.

The Fauquier County Public Library offers a program called “Paws to Read” at three of its locations. The Warrenton Library, the John Marshall Library and the Bealeton Library all host the program monthly. “Paws to Read” is designed to help children that are struggling with reading aloud by providing a captivated canine audience.

Certified therapy dogs and their handlers show up to the library each month and wait for children to pick out a book to read to them.

(Look for the rest of the article in Wednesday's paper)
Lillian Lillard, age 8, reads to Bella the therapy dog. Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Hannah Dellinger

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