Lee County Public Library gets new patrons

      A lab at the Lee County Library. / Mike Manzoni

      It was doggie story time at Lee County Public Library this afternoon.

      A small group of children came to read to dogs, but they were not just any dogs â" they were specially-trained canines that often visit nursing homes and other care facilities.

      "It [the program] helps sometimes break barriers. You know, if the child's having difficulty or doesn't like reading too much, they enjoy reading to the dogs," said Cheryl Cohen, a member of the Delta Society, a non-profit organization that uses dogs as a means of therapy.

      The program, which was designed to help children who either don't like reading or who are having difficulty reading, was the first of its kind.