Paws To Read to Host Children's Author Visit

On Tuesday, September 10, at 6:00 p.m., children are invited to meet children’s author and illustrator, Rebecca Yee, along with the hero of her books, her dog, Pookie. Yee and Pookie will be our special guests during the library’s September Paws to Read program.

Something very special happens when children meet authors and book illustrators—they become connected to books in ways far more powerful than reading and sharing. Since many children have never met an author face-to-face, they have this unspoken assumption that authors are historical figures, long ago dead. Once kids learn that authors are living breathing people who write the books they love, they realize they could grow up to be writers, too!
        
Rebecca Yee, born and raised in Massillon, now living in Columbus, graduated from Malone University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry. She has worked with various ministries across the United States, Mexico, and Spain and has a passion for art and animals. Her first book, "The Adventures of Pookie: Home Is Where the Heart Is," has been an instant hit with kids. She plans to continue her book series, which is about her eight-year-old black Labrador/Japanese Keeshond mixed-breed dog (also named Pookie).  
   
The book was published in May 2013, and, as an author and illustrator, Yee donates a portion of the proceeds of each book to help animals in shelters. In the process of relocating from Columbus back to Stark County Ohio, Yee is looking to expand her children's book series, hoping to find more ways to assist animals in need.
 
During her visit to the library’s Paws to Read program, signed copies of Yee’s book will available for sale for $8.50, and one will be given away to a lucky child that night! Also, those attending will get to meet Pookie, Yee’s dog and the hero of her books. Ms. Yee will read "The Adventures of Pookie: Home Is Where the Heart Is" at 6:15 p.m..
 
The mission of the PAWS-TO-READ PROGRAM is to improve the literacy skills of children with the assistance of registered canine reading companions in a fun and relaxed environment.  Research with therapy animals indicates that children with low self-esteem are often more willing to interact with an animal than another person. Even more, they are inclined to forget about their limitations. Children involved in PAWS-TO-READ PROGRAMS nationwide have been shown to have:
 
   -  Improved Reading skills
   - A sense  of Pride in their accomplishments
   - Willingness to become Involved in other positive activities
   - More Respect and Kindness in their interaction with animals
   - More enjoyment in Reading 
   - Checked out more books from the Library
 
No registration is required for this free program. For more information, contact the Children's Department at 330.832.5037. 
 
The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way E. The Second Street entrance is handicap accessible.