Patten Free Library Paws for Reading Program
Southwest Harbor Public Library Reader Dog Downeast Program
Southwest Harbor, ME
The Patten Free Library is a community reading resource for Bath and five surrounding towns. The Paws for Reading Program assists kids from 1st to 4th grade to improve their reading skills by reading aloud in one-on-one sessions with a trained therapy dog. The Southwest Harbor Public Library also offers the Reader Dog Downeast program to community children to strengthen literacy. The calming effects of a therapy dog in reading sessions have been proven to increase confidence, soothe nervous readers and make reading time lots of fun.