Children visiting the Sumner Pierce County Library will have the opportunity to read to a dog from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 9 and 23 and Nov. 13 and Fridays, Oct. 4 and 18 and Nov. 1 and 15.
With the assistance of a registered therapy dog, children are encouraged to build literacy skills.
Studies have shown that children excel when reading to a dog, according to a Pierce County Library news release.
"Children and dogs build a rapport and both enjoy the reading time," said Neel Parikh, executive director for Pierce County Library System. "Families are amazed at how children gain confidence in their reading and can't wait to open another book."
Library staff said only dogs that have passed the required obedience and temperament testing will be used. These dogs are also registered by an accredited therapy dog organization.
No registration is required to attend. The Friends of the Libraries sponsor these events.