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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Improve Reading Skills Virtually with Palmdale City Library’s Books and Barks

The popular “Books and Barks” program, where kids are encouraged to read to friendly dogs, returns to the Palmdale City Library via Zoom on each Tuesday in March from 3 to 4 p.m.

Interested persons may register by sending an email to by Thursday, Feb. 25. Include the participating child’s name and age, and the preferred date in March: 2, 9, 16, 23 or 30. A Zoom account is required, and space is limited.

“With the pandemic causing disruption to everyday life, reading practice may be something that kids are reluctant to do,” said Library Associate Shay Hawken. “Seeing their favorite therapy dog may motivate children to read and strengthen their 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 as they read stories to friendly, lovable dogs, without fear of being judged on their reading ability.

Due to COVID-19, the Palmdale City Library is not open for walk-in services. Patrons may call the library for phone reference and readers advisory services, or place items on hold through the library’s website that may be picked-up by appointment. Library staff is available to assist customers on the phone Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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

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