With pandemic restrictions, reading program for children moves online

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As pandemic restrictions came down and library branches closed their doors, the children’s department at Parkway Central Library had to move a popular reading program online.

The PAWS for Reading program, which teams up young readers with furry friends, is meant to develop kids’ confidence and improve their skills.

Pet therapy nonprofit PAWS for People trains people with their pets — including dogs, cats, and bunnies — volunteer coordinator Kate Rosenthal said. Then a child meets with a pet and its handler online and reads to the animal for 10 to 20 minutes.

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Photo Credit: Kate Rosenthal of Paws for People