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, Dec. 18, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

“Children who struggle with reading often feel self-conscious while practicing,” said Shay Hawken, library associate. “Therapy dogs provide a safe, comfortable environment where kids can relax and build confidence in their abilities.”

The 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 the Palmdale City Library at (661) 67-5600, TDD 267-5167, or visit