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Monday evening, children came to the Lowe Public Library in Shinnston to read aloud to therapy dogs.

The dogs were from Mountaineer Therapy Dogs. Participants selected the dog he or she wanted to be paired with throughout the monthly program.

The focus of the program is to improve the kids' reading levels and confidence. Organizers said the dogs are the perfect listeners because they do not judge and they're there to comfort the children.

Stefanie Sturm said she can see a huge improvement in her son's reading.

"It has really helped him overcome those hurtles that I have seen in him and he's just really kind of blossomed, he now actually is one of my better readers at home," Sturm said.

This program started last year. It is free to children 5 to 12 years old. For more information on registration, you can call (304) 592-1700 or visit its Facebook page.