Sharing story time with an animal instills a life-long love of reading by improving a child's reading skills.Â All Ears ReadingÂ® pairs children with ARF Pet Hug Pack therapy dogs in a relaxing and nurturing environment.Â The program is offered year-round at several Contra Costa County library locations.
Two research studies performed by University of California, Davis in partnership with ARF and Nestle Purina Petcare Company confirm and scientifically document the benefits of reading to pets. Attentive animals make perfect reading partners because of their non-judgemental, and comforting manner.Â ARF is proud to be instrumental in bringing conclusive "pets helping people" research to the field of animal welfare. Read the full report.
All Ears ReadingÂ® is a free program available to children in grades 1-5. Pre-registration is required. Sessions of All Ears ReadingÂ® are held at the following local libraries:
Dougherty Station Library
1st Monday of the month, 4-5 p.m.
17017 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94582
For more information or to register, please contact the Dougherty Station Library at 925.973.3380.
Walnut Creek Library
2nd Monday of the month, 4-5 p.m.
1644 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
For more information or to register, please contact the library at 925.977.3340 or ccclib.org.
Ygnacio Valley Library
2nd Tuesday of the month, 4-5 p.m.
2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
For more information or to register please contact the library at 925.938.1481.
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