Veronica Stefanko, 6, reads “Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbor” to Ann Duyster and her Leonberger dog, Jana, who was celebrating her 9th birthday Tuesday afternoon at the Bonita Springs Public Library as part of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs, or READ, program. The library is the first in Lee County to offer the program that encourages children to practice their reading skills aloud.

Photo by Jeremy Lyverse, Daily News

Veronica Stefanko, 6, reads “Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbor” to Ann Duyster and her Leonberger dog, Jana, who was celebrating her 9th birthday Tuesday afternoon at the Bonita Springs Public Library as part of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs, or READ, program. The library is the first in Lee County to offer the program that encourages children to practice their reading skills aloud.

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