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Portola Valley: Children's reading program starts

 

"Paws for Tales," a new six-month literacy reading program designed to help children improve their reading skills, begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Portola Valley library at 765 Portola Road.

The hour-long program allows children of ages 5 or older to read aloud to a therapy dog brought to the library by a team from the Peninsula Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Reservations are necessary and can be done in person at the library or by calling 851-0560 or by sending e-mail to portolavalley@smcl.org.

Library hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except for Friday and Saturday, when the closing time is 5 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays.

Children who are afraid of or allergic to dogs should not be signed up.

The other Saturday reading events at the library are Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, May 14 and June 11.

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