The popular “Books and Barks” program, in which kids are encouraged to read to friendly dogs, returns to the Palmdale City Library, 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 3:30 to 5 pm.

“Children become better readers with practice,” said Shay Hawken, library associate. “Reading to a therapy dog helps children feel comfortable so they can improve 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. 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. No outside pets will be allowed.

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, call (661) 267-5600, TDD 267-5167, or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/library. –