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Dog Reading Programs: ARF's All Ears Reading® @ LAF, WCL, YVL, & DSL

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

Who Makes it Happen?

ARF's All Ears Reading® utilizes trained pet teams to create a relaxing, nurturing reading environment that encourages improvement in your child's reading. Reading with animals is a great way for children who are struggling with reading to improve their skills. Children read one on one to ARF's Pet Pack Hug therapy dogs in a non-judgmental and encouraging reading environment.

Ygnacio Valley Library

The Ygnacio Valley Library's ARF's All Ears Reading program is on the second Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Registration is required and opens two weeks before each session.  See our online calendar at Dogs are great listeners! Practice reading aloud for 20-30 minutes with a dog from All Ears Reading, a program of ARF. Please arrive five minutes before your registration time. No-show spaces will be given to people on the waiting list. Please note:Attendee must be between the grades of 1 and 5 and Attendee MUST Give 24 HOUR Cancellation Notice to Allow Others on the Waiting List to Attend.

Lafayette Library

Children can have fun and practice their literacy skills by reading to a dog on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Bring your own book or pick up a library book. Sign up for a 15 minute time slot at the Information Desk. In the children's room at the Lafayette Library.  For more information call the library at 925-385-2280.  For grade K-5.

Dougherty Station Library

Reading with animals is a great way for reluctant readers to improve their reading skills. Join ARF for a relaxed, non-judgmental and encouraging reading environment. Children will have the opportunity to read aloud to a dog from ARF's therapy team. Pre-registration is required and begins 2 weeks prior to event. Children must be in grades 1-5. Look to see when the dogs will be at the library.  You must register online by going to and click on Events.  For further information contact the library at (925)973-3380.

Walnut Creek Library

The Walnut Creek Library's ARF's All Ears Reading program is for children in grades 1-5. Pre-registration is required and is limited to one 30 minute session each month. Sessions begin at 4:00 and 4:30 and take place the second Monday of the month; There is no All Ears Reading on November 12th due to Veteran’s Day Holiday.

Caregivers & other family members are asked to wait elsewhere in the library during the thirty minute sessions.

Register online by going to and clicking on Events Calendar.
Held in the Oak View Room

Drop In All Ears Reading®
If you can’t make it to the library on Mondays, or the registration list is full you can still read to Elsa & Ted, two dogs from ARF’s Pet Hug Pack at our drop in sessions on the
4th Thursday of the month between 4:00 & 5:00 p.m.