Read to a Dog
By reading aloud to a certified therapy dog, beginning readers build confidence in reading skills through practicing reading aloud in a safe space.
The patient, nonjudgmental attention these dogs offer helps beginning, struggling, or reluctant readers gain confidence and improve their reading skills. Learn more about the value of reading to dogs from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
The Read to a Dog program is currently offered at the following branches:
- Central Library – Saturdays, 11:00 am-12:00 noon
- Cloverdale - Every other Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 pm
- Guerneville Regional Library - Saturdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
- Healdsburg Regional Library – Saturdays, 11:00 am-12:00 noon
- Northwest Regional Library – Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm
- Petaluma Regional Library – Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm
- Rincon Valley Regional Library – Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 pm AND Saturdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
- Rohnert Park Regional Library – Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm
- Roseland Community Library - Saturdays, 11:00am-12:00 noon
- Sebastopol Regional Library – Wednesdays,3:30-4:30 pm
- Windsor Regional Library – Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm
Young readers love their dog ears: Innovative programs around Sonoma County use therapy dogs to help kids learn to read
- Press Democrat, July 22, 2009.
BEAUTY OF A WELL-READ HOUND: Young students line up to read their piece to dog who has gained following at Sonoma County Libraries
- Press Democrat, March 20, 2011.
Sonoma County Library currently partners with four different organizations who train, certify and coordinate volunteers to provide Read to a Dog programs. These organizations are:
- 4Paws Learning & Wellness Center
- PALS (Paws As Loving Support)
- Paws for Healing
- Sonoma Humane Society
To volunteer for our Read to a Dog program, please contact these organizations directly for information about training and certification.
All Read to a Dog events.