Wingecarribee Shire Council’s public libraries will celebrate the launch of the ‘Paws ‘N’ Tales’ reading program with a Pawty and toy sleepover at Bowral Library on Thursday 17 March 2016.
“This is a great opportunity to introduce children to one of the beautiful pet therapy dogs,” said Sandra Croker, Co-ordinator Library and Information Services.
“As well as the meet and greet, we will celebrate with an afternoon tea and stories,” she continued.
Lending a paw to improve children’s literacy, the ‘Paws ‘N’ Tales’ reading program relies on volunteers and specially trained dogs to assist in improving self-esteem, confidence and reading skills in children aged four to eight years.
“It’s safe to say that most people love dogs, and this program gives children the opportunity to read to a dog in a fun and non-threatening environment.
“This can be a strong motivational force for children learning to read,” said Ms Croker.
As well as the official Pawty, children are invited to leave a stuffed toy for a sleepover. Photos of the toys overnight adventure will be uploaded to the Paws ‘N’ Tales Facebook page the next day before being collected.
“If you cannot attend the event, you can still leave your toy for the sleepover. Just drop them off by 6.30pm on Thursday 16 March,” Ms Croker added.
The official launch will be followed by the children’s Pawty at Bowral Library on Bendooly Street Bowral between 4 and 5pm, Thursday 17 March 2016.
This is a FREE event however bookings are essential.
Book online at www.bowrallibrarypawty.eventbrite.com.au or call 1300 266 235.