MANASQUAN — As part of the many programs the library offers, therapy dogs from Bright and Beautiful Inc visited the library to have stories read to them by children of the Manasquan community on April 24.
Roughly a dozen dogs of all different sizes and breeds were in attendance at the “Paws for Reading” event. The same goes for the children there as well, who also got to pet the dogs while they read books.
Carol Bardo, a representative from Bright and Beautiful, described the event as a “nonjudgmental environment where kids can come and read at their own pace and leisure. They can pet them and relax while they are reading and it just makes for a nice, homey situation.”
“Some kids get a little shy when they have to read out-loud in front of other kids,” said Ms. Bardo, highlighting how the dogs are an excellent and relaxing way for children to practice their reading skills. “[Dogs] are very tolerant…kids just gravitate to them. A lot of the parents, even if the kids don’t read, they come to see the different kinds of dogs.”
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