Revolutionary Program Allows Students To Read To Rescue Dogs


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABakersfield children are now getting an experience of a lifetime as local volunteers are combining feline friends with books.

The Barks-N-Books program just launched with a goal of helping children meet the puppies of a local dog rescue program (the Marley’s Mutts gang) and read to the rescue pups, who provide non-judgemental and long listening partners.

“Kids just love it. The parents love it a lot,” remarked Beale Library worker Susan Palm.

Organizers of the event say reading becomes a chore for many students, so the dogs help them enjoy reading.

“It’s just the child and the dog. They can finally relax, and those words start flowing,” stated Susan.