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June 12, 2022

Barks & Books

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Written by: Aileen Barker
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We had a great time last night at Barks and Books at Beale Library. We have a great group of kids that come every time, like the lovely Joyce, but we also get new kids each time too, like the little boy in the photo. The dogs seem to have an innate ability to bypass shyness (a major obstacle when reading aloud) and almost bring out a nurturing side in these kids; they stop worrying about how they sound and they just want to make our dogs happy…giving them pats and kisses and love overcomes any shyness they might have and then it’s just reading to a friend. It’s great for the kids but also a great venue for our dogs to showcase what calm, structured socialization can look like: 4 dogs laying calmly with a group of children, in a quiet library. Come and see us every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Beale Memorial Library from 4-6 pm!

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