The popular “Books and Barks” program, in which kids are encouraged to read to friendly dogs, returns Feb. 26 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Palmdale City Library, 700 E. Palmdale Blvd.

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

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 the library at (661) 267-5600, TDD 267-5167, or visit