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Day 243: Barks & Books Reading Program

Do you have a little one who is excited to read to any and everyone?

Day 243 of 365 Things To Do in Pasadena has got an after school treat for you!

Why not take your little tikes  over to the Pasadena Public Library –  Hastings Ranch Branch for the Barks & Books Reading Program.

Barks & Books will be taking place at the Hastings Ranch Branch on Tuesday, January 11th from 3:30-4:30 pm.

Young readers ages 5-12 are encouraged to come by and be a reading buddy to a real live dog from the Pasadena Humane Society’s Companion Pet Program.

The Pasadena Humane Society & participating libraries have teamed up to provide the community and these pets in a need with a wonderful opportunity.

Each child gets an opportunity to read a whole book to the adorable companion pet from the Pasadena Humane Society. So, bring your anxious readers down for afternoon of reading and fun. Who knows you may leave the library with a new book and a new pet!

Childrens Reading from Barks & Books

Photo courtesy of : The Pasadena Humane Society

About the Bark & Books Program:

Our reading enrichment program for children ages 5 to 12 makes reading fun, boosts confidence and encourages respectful, humane treatment for all animals. It offers children the opportunity to read animal related short stories of their choice to dogs in our Companion Animal Program. Not only does this make reading fun, it also builds a child’s confidence in reading aloud.

The available books will help children realize that animals experience a range of emotions similar to their own and that they have basic needs much like those of humans. This, in turn, encourages them to appreciate the importance of treating all animals, nonhuman and human, with respect and kindness.
–Information provided by the Pasadena Humane Society

For the chance to read to a curious canine, please contact one of these participating libraries to find out their Barks & Books dates and times:

Altadena Public Library

Arcadia Public Library

Glendale Public Library, Montrose-Crescenta Branch
818- 548-2048

Glendale Public Library, Pacific Park Branch

Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Ranch Branch

Pasadena Public Library, La Pintoresca Branch

Pasadena Public Library, Santa Catalina Branch

San Marino Public Library

Sierra Madre Public Library

South Pasadena Public Library

For any additional information about Barks & Books, please contact Elana at Elana(at)phsspca.org

Location for Tuesday 1/11/2011:

Pasadena Public Library – Hastings Ranch Branch
3325 E. Orange Grove Boulevard
Pasadena, 91107
(626) 744-7262

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