The popular “Books and Barks” program, in which kids are encouraged to read to friendly dogs, returns from 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 27 at the Palmdale City Library, at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd.

“Reluctant and struggling readers require a non-judgmental audience to feel comfortable,” said Shay Hawken, library associate. “With a loving therapy dog by their side, reading becomes fun and kids feel confident and capable!”

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 kids to develop their reading skills. Kids of all ages can read stories to friendly, lovable dogs, without fear of being judged on their reading ability. This event is free, and no registration is required.

The Palmdale City Library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, (661) 267-5600, TDD 267-5167, or visit