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Therapy dogs help young readers gain confidence

Winston listens carefully to a young reader. (Emily Swecker/WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Lynchburg Public Library is bringing in therapy dogs for children to read to.

It's a program for beginning or reluctant readers to gain confidence in a supportive environment.

Wednesday was the second session of the summer, but the first for many parents and kids.

"When I saw that they were blending animals and reading, I thought it would be really fun and nurturing because they love animals and so they could be gentle as well as build the confidence of reading," Rosellyn Kid, a mother who brought her two young daughters to the library said.

The dogs are members of Therapy Dogs International and are qualified to work with children.

They will be at the Lynchburg Public Library every Wednesday through August 1st from 11 a.m. to noon.

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