PALMDALE — The “Books and Barks” program, in which children are encouraged to read to friendly dogs, returns, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Jan. 28 to the Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd.

“Reading to therapy dogs provides a judgment-free audience so kids feel confident and safe,” Library Associate Shay Hawken said. “This creates an environment where children can practice and improve their reading skills.”

This event is a partnership between The Palmdale City Library and The High Desert Obedience Club Pet Pals therapy dogs. “Books and Barks” is designed to encourage children to develop their reading skills.

Children of all ages can read stories to friendly, lovable dogs, without fear of being judged on their reading ability.

This event is free and no registration is required.

No outside pets please.

The Palmdale City Library is open seven days a week.

For more information, please call the Palmdale City Library at 661-267-5600 or TDD 267-5167, or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/library

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