Children explore benefits of reading to a therapy dog

Hillsborough residents Ushoshi Dey Paul, 9, and Abir Dey Paul, 6, read to certified therapy dog Bella and her handler Roberta during a special program at the Hillsborough Library branch on June 23. More sessions will continue throughout the summer.PHOTO COURTESY OF SCLSNJ
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Hillsborough residents Ushoshi Dey Paul, 9, and Abir Dey Paul, 6, read to certified therapy dog Bella and her handler Roberta during a special program at the Hillsborough Library branch on June 23. More sessions will continue throughout the summer.PHOTO COURTESY OF SCLSNJ

HILLSBOROUGH – Research has shown that reading to a furry, feathery or scaly friend can help motivate children to read, build their confidence and improve fluency.

On June 23, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s (SCLSNJ) Hillsborough branch hosted the location’s first in-person program since the pandemic began, a read to a therapy dog session for students in grades K-4.

During the program, attendees had the opportunity to read aloud to a therapy dog during a 10-minute reading session.

Connect with a therapy dog at the Hillsborough Library branch, 379 S. Branch Road, on the following dates:

  • July 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Registration required at sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4883292
  • Aug. 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Registration requited at sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4883271
  • Aug. 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Registration requited at sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4883295

    For more information call, 908-458-8420.