Children read in the company of dogs at Berkeley Library

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A boy reads a book while a dog listens intently at Paws to Read at the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library on Feb. 5. Photo: Kaia Diringer

The popular Paws to Read program started up at the Berkeley Public Library’s North Branch on Tuesday this week, and Berkeleyside photo intern Kaia Diringer dropped by to capture the event.

The program, which runs weekly through March 12, sees children in grades kindergarten through five reading aloud to a gentle dog provided by TherapyPets, a nonprofit all volunteer organization based in Oakland.

Paws to Read allows children to practice oral fluency, spend time with a friendly dog, and have fun. “The goal is to help build a child’s self-esteem and confidence, as well as foster a fondness for reading,” the library said in a statement. Other Bay Area communities have successful Paws to Read programs.

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Paws to Read allows children to practice oral fluency, spend time with a friendly dog, and have fun. Photo: Kaia Diringer

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Children read in 20-minute sessions. Photo: Kaia Diringer

Sisters read to a dog.

Sisters read to a dog at Paws to Read at the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library on Tuesday. Feb. 5. Photo: Kaia Diringer

Paws to Read takes place every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at North Branch Library, 1170 The Alameda (at Hopkins). Children can sign up for a 20-minute session at the library which is open Mondays-Tuesdays, Fridays-Saturdays 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Wednesdays-Thursdays 12 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Kaia Diringer is currently Berkeleyside’s photo intern. See more of her work on Flickr.

Related:
Berkeley Library wants your feedback to improve services [01.24.13]
Debate on future of two city libraries sparks concerns [03.14.11]
Gleaming North Branch to open on Thursday [03.03.12]
Renovated Claremont Branch opens Saturday [05. 03.12]

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  • emraguso

    OK that’s ridiculously adorable.

  • guest

    Awww!

  • 4Eenie

    Adorbs!

  • http://www.kimskitchensink.com Kim’s Kitchen Sink

    This is just adorable.

  • Doug _F

    What, no photo of my neighbor’s Samoyed Rawa, the big fluffy white dog? My neighbor reports the kids loved her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamespatrickporter Jim Porter

    Just heard that John and Sugar were at the library, reading for dogs, which at first I thought was the most ridiculous, “Berkeley” thing I’d ever heard of; then I learned that it’s for kids, who read to dogs, which is pure genius!