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Organization: Pals with Paws

Contact: Kim Nelson, Chapter President

Address: 133 Ames, Suite #1

City: Elk Rapids

State: Michigan

Zip: 49629

Phone Number: 231-218-7145



Notes: We visit at Elk Rapids School District Classrooms and Libraries.

Organization: Paws to R.E.A.D. Listening Dogs

Contact names: Kaki Almirall and Kathleen Miller

Cities: Saginaw, Bay City and Midland

State: Michigan


Notes: Our Paws to R.E.A.D. program is almost three years old. We visit schools, libraries and women's centers in three counties. One of the classrooms we visit weekly, raised money for a local search and rescue group by having a reading marathon. One child alone read 1,000 pages!

Organization : Peninsula Community Library

Contact Name: Vicki Shurly and Paula Kelley

City: Traverse City

State: MI

Phone: 231-223-7700


Notes : Peninsula Community Library has a new staff member–Bear, our official R.E.A.D. dog! Bear reads with children at Old Mission Peninsula Elementary School, as well as assisting children in the library. He has also formed a special company with the 6th grade class - the Be Excited About Reading Company (or BEAR, Inc.) - to help them with persuasive writing and reading analysis. Bear also does many special programs at the library, call for dates & times!

Organization: Peter White Public Library

Program Name: Library Pet Partners

Contact names: Cathy Seblonka, Mary Schneeberger

City: Marquette

State: MI

E-mail: ;

Phone: 906-226-4323

Contact Name: National R.E.A.D. Coordinator

Phone: 801-272-3439


Notes: For more information on registered R.E.A.D. teams or groups in this state, please contact the ITA office.

The ITA R.E.A.D. program is touching hearts across the nation. The following is a partial list of R.E.A.D. Affiliate Programs, Regional Workshops, and individual R.E.A.D teams. It is our hope that this list will help put R.E.A.D. teams in contact with programs and workshops in their area. If you would like to add your program to this list please send an email to the National R.E.A.D. Coordinator at the ITA office (

States ending in
have programs hosting regional workshops. Also, many R.E.A.D. instructors are willing to travel. Please feel free to contact one of them about setting up a workshop specifically designed for your group.