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Dogs, books and kids—this was the idea that we started with.

Research shows that reading with dogs provides a safe, encouraging environment, especially for struggling or reluctant readers. The library has the books and the space, kids come to the library and two local organizations provide the trained therapy dogs. In the past year, over 300 children have read to more than 30 different dogs during the Bark for Books program.

This program wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Special Events Troupe of Pawsitive Therapy and the Paws for Tales program from the Naperville Humane Society. Both groups have provided wonderful teams of certified, highly-trained therapy dogs. These dedicated handlers volunteer their time and their dogs to come to the library and read with enthusiastic children.  Two Bostons Pet Boutique provided blankets for the dogs to lay on during the reading sessions, as well as 50 free books and certificates that readers can redeem for a prize.

The library is pleased to announce that Bark for Books will be back in the fall! Stop by the library and your child might read with Cinnamon, Brisco, Sonoma, Riley, Ripley or one of the other fantastic therapy dogs! This program is for independent readers in grades 1-5. Check the library website and Fall Program Guide for all the details.

-Karen B., 95th St. Library

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