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Dog Reading Programs: Paws to Read @ the Orinda, Danville & Clayton Library

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

Who Makes it Happen?

The Orinda Library has been offering Paws to Read since 2006.  We have dogs from a number of different certifying programs:  East Bay SPCA, TherapyPets, TherapyDogInternational, etc.  But all the dogs enjoy children and enjoy listening to them read.  The program is generously supported by the Friends of the Orinda Library, which rewards frequent participants with a book!  The Danville Library has also been offering Paws to Read for the last six years and is sponsored by the Valley Humane Society.They have 8 regular volunteers and have had a lot of success with their dog reading program.  The Clayton Library also offers Paw to Read at least once a month.

Meet the Dogs

All About Paws to Read

The Orinda Library offers Paws to Read in multi-week sessions three times a year:  late winter/early spring; summer; and fall.  We offer both weekday and Saturday sessions.  Please call Lin Look at the Orinda Library (925-254-2184) to find out when the next session is.


The Danville Library's Paws to Read is a fun and unique literacy program that offers students in grades 1 – 5 (school year 2012-13) an exciting opportunity to improve reading skills while reading to a therapy dog certified by the Valley Humane Society. See the online registration at Be a part of this fun, exciting and rewarding reading program! Space is limited and registration is required. Reading Sessions are Mondays, October 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5 at 4pm or 4:35pm. Parents ONLY may register a child for a maximum of 2 sessions. Register at the Library or call 925-837-4889.


The Clayton Library offers Paws to Read to children in grades 1-5.  Children can read aloud to a dog on September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6 from 4:00 - 4:25 or 4:35 - 5:00 p.m. Registration by a parent is required. Students may sign up for a maximum of 4 sessions. This program is meant to encourage children who have trouble reading. It is not a program to teach dog safety or to overcome fear of dogs.  For more information contact the Clayton Library at 925-673-0659.