Read to a Dog
Read to a Dog is a fun program that is proven to boost a child’s reading skills. Each child has the chance to read out loud to a quiet and friendly trained therapy dog and adult volunteer. Children may bring their own books to read to a furry friend, or borrow a book from the library.
The patient, nonjudgmental attention these dogs offer helps beginning, struggling, or reluctant readers gain confidence and improve reading skills.
Sonoma County Library currently partners with three different organizations who train, certify, and coordinate volunteers to provide Read to a Dog programs. These organizations are:
- 4Paws Learning & Wellness Center
Healdsburg, Rincon Valley, Rohnert Park-Cotati, and Windsor
- Humane Society of Sonoma County
Central Santa Rosa and Sebastopol
- PALS (Paws As Loving Support)
Guerneville, Cloverdale, Northwest Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Roseland
To volunteer for the Read to a Dog program, please contact the above organizations directly for information about training and certification.