Read to a Dog @ Your Library

Read to a Dog at Your Santa Clarita Public Library

Have you ever heard of the Read to a Dog Program? Each of the three Santa Clarita Public Library Branches hosts the Read to a Dog Program each month and all are welcome to attend.

You might be wondering what are associated benefits that come with reading to a dog. Studies have shown that children who read to animals are more focused, less nervous, and have improved literacy skills. Many times children become worried about reading in front of adults or fellow classmates and they end up “freezing”. The Read to a Dog program helps to eliminate this self-consciousness and tries to help children look forward to reading, rather than shy away from it. Several studies have been conducted and show that children who participate in these activities are able to maintain or improve their reading skills and abilities, have a more positive attitude about reading, and have improved literacy skills.

Each dog who participates in the program is a certified therapy dog who has met specific requirements in regards to their temperament and behavior. Each dog is calm and obedient and loves sitting next to your child while they read. Children love getting to meet and pet a fury friend too!


The Read to a Dog Program is held at the following locations at times listed below:

Canyon Country Library: The first and third Thursday of every month from 3:30-4:30pm

Old Town Newhall Library: The third Saturday of the month from 1:30-2:30pm

Valencia Library: The first Saturday of the month from 1:00-2:00pm


We try to give each child ten to fifteen minutes of time to read to their dog. To ensure a spot for your child, please arrive ten minutes before the start time to sign-up.


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