Roxie relieves reading worries

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Poland library brought in a therapy dog named Roxie for children to read to on Nov. 28. Pictured are, from left, Kohler Salamon, Roxie and Aiden McDonnell.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Angela Alexandrides contacted the library about setting up the event two years ago. Since then, the event has occured monthly. Alexandrides, a teacher at Canfield, said reading to therapy dogs encourages children to read more often and with more confidence.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Children scheduled times to read with a therapy dog at the Poland library on Nov. 28.

Angela Alexandrides brought her dog, Roxie, to the Poland library for their monthly reading meeting.

During the event, children went into the small meeting room one-by-one to read to Roxie. They usually bring a book with them to read, but sometimes the librarians and Alexandrides will help the children choose a book on the reading level in the library if they have not come with something to read.

Alexandrides, a teacher at Canfield Village Middle School, contacted the library about setting up the event two years ago.

Since then, she and Roxie have come to the library every month. She found studies that show that children experience less stress while reading to trained dogs.

The event encourages children to read. The library and Alexandrides hope that the supportive environment will lead to the children reading more often.

Roxie passed a certification exam from Therapy Dogs International to become a trained therapy dog.

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