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

“When cuddling with a therapy dog, a child can relax and read without feeling self conscious,” said Shay Hawken, library associate. “As children begin to feel more comfortable, their confidence grows and reading skills can improve.”

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 please.

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.