A national model for visiting animal team programs, the Pet Hug Pack ® is ARF’s renowned therapy animal program composed of more than 200 teams of qualified pets and their volunteer handlers.
Reading aloud becomes something extraordinary when sharing a book with a dog! All Ears Reading® pairs young readers with a Pet Hug Pack® therapy dog to help children improve skills, instill confidence, and develop a love of reading. Studies by University of California Davis in partnership with ARF and Nestle Purina Petcare Company confirm the numerous benefits of dogs as calming, non-judgmental reading partners.
All Ears Reading® is a free program for children in first through fifth grade and is offered year-round at several Contra Costa County library locations. Pre-registration at the library is required. For information on starting a program at your library or school, contact the Pet Hug Pack Coordinator.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, 3-4 pm
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Check with the library for upcoming dates
1500 St Mary's Road, Moraga
Walnut Creek Library
2nd Monday of the month, 4-5 pm
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
3rd Monday of the month, 3:30-4:30 pm
145 Washington Ave, Richmond Ca 94801
San Ramon Library
3rd Monday of the month, 4-5 pm
100 Montgomery Street, San Ramon
Ygnacio Valley Library
4th Tuesday of the month, 3:30-4:30 pm
2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek
2890 Mitchell Dr
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Wed - Thurs: Noon - 6 pm
Fri: Noon - 7 pm
Sat - Sun: Noon - 6 pm
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
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