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Dog Reading Programs: Waggin Tales @ the San Pablo Library

This guide features dog reading programs that are offered throughout the Contra Costa County Libraries.

Who Makes it Happen?

The San Pablo Library is appreciative of its partnership with the East Bay SPCA in Oakland which trains these special dogs and their owners as a part of its Pets and Love Shared (PALS) Pet Therapy Program.  One Saturday a month these animal-human volunteer reading teams come to the library and listen attentively as children read to them. 

Waggin’ Tales was spearheaded in collaboration with the San Pablo library by Carmen McNeil, a doctoral student in clinical psychology.  It is the only program of its kind in the West County libraries and the San Pablo Library is pleased about the positive impact this literacy program is having on children’s attitudes about reading.

Special Thanks

The Planet of the Dogs series by Robert McCarty "tell the stories of the first time dogs came to planet Earth to teach people about unconditional loyalty and love – and to help bring peace from invaders."

Meet the Dogs

All About Waggin Tales

San Pablo Library's Waggin Tales Dog Assisted Reading program is celebrating our 1 year anniversary this month.  Our amazing program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to that won’t laugh at them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word, but rather lie next to them and enjoy the story being read to them. The children learn to associate reading with being with the dog, and begin to view reading in a positive way. Over time, the child’s reading ability and confidence can improve because they are practicing their skills, which will make them enjoy reading even more. 

For more information call the San Pablo Library at 510-374-3998 or go to our events online at and click on Events Calendar.