These pets wear Halloween costumes to help kids learn to read (PHOTOS)

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FURever as Friends hosted one of their Howl-o-ween reading nights on Tuesday night at the Logan Township branch of the Gloucester County Library System.

Seven dogs and two cats – in costumes, of course – listened to the children reading stories to them as part of the Silent Mentors In Literacy Education (SMILE) program. The program is for children who have difficulty reading or need to gain confidence in their reading by providing them with a less stressful and relaxing environment to develop their skills, as pets do not criticize or correct. when the child reads aloud.

Bentley, dressed as a witch, attends FURever as Friends Howl-o-ween readings at the Logan Township Library on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

FURever as Friends, a registered non-profit organization with volunteers based in Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland and Camden counties, has certified pet therapy teams who regularly visit libraries and schools.

In addition to an evening of Howl-o-ween reading at the free Margaret E. Heggan Public Library in Washington Township on Thursday, other events are planned at the GCLS-Greenwich Township branch on Monday, October 25 and at the branch GCLS-Mullica Hill on Thursday October 28. The program runs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at each location.

For more information on other scheduled library visits, visit the FURever As Friends website at fureverasfriends.org or the group’s Facebook page.

FURever as Friends Howl-o-ween Readings at Logan Township Library, October 19, 2021

8-year-old Lilly Cuticchia gives a treat to Paige, a white / yellow lab mix, during readings of FURever as Friends Howl-o-ween at the Logan Township Library on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

FURever as Friends Howl-o-ween Readings at Logan Township Library, October 19, 2021

Raily Lewis, 3, and brother Rome, 1, greet Paige, a white / yellow lab mix, during FURever readings as Friends Howl-o-ween at the Logan Township Library on Tuesday October 19, 2021.Joe Warner | For NJ Advance Media

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Lori M. Nichols can be reached at [email protected].

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