Nowra Library was recently recognised for their unique and innovative new literacy program ‘Paws ‘n’ Tales’.
The Library received a Highly Commended Award in the Program Category at the NSW Public Libraries Marketing Awards held in Sydney.
‘Paws ‘n’ Tales’ aims to improve participants reading and communication skills by having children between the ages of four to eight regularly read to an animal.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said she was extremely pleased to see Nowra Library staff being recognised for their innovative approach to learning.
“Paws ‘n’ Tales is an extremely unique and exciting program designed to assist young children with their reading and communication skills,” said Clr Gash.
“Research has demonstrated that reading to a friendly trained dog increases confidence, self-esteem and literacy skills in children while also helping children in discovering the joy of reading.
“The program, which was launched in February, has proven successful with the nine regular participants having demonstrated a marked increase in literacy and communication skills.”
“Importantly, the participant’s parents and caregivers have also reported an increase in the child’s confidence and self-efficacy.”
“I would like to congratulate staff at the Nowra Library and Paws Pet Therapy on their innovation and hard work in ensuring the ‘Paws ‘n’ Tales program is a success.”
For more information on Paws Pet Therapy please watch this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN4thtHsCXM.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170