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Tales to Tails

Nicolina ListensTales to Tails is a literacy program where children can sign up for a private twenty-minute slot to read to an attentive certified therapy dog.

Research shows that children who have frequent reading experiences such as reading aloud become more eager, skilled readers. Studies also show that therapy dogs provide a comfortable, nonjudgmental environment for children to practice. For more information, please see Tales to Tails: What to Expect (pdf) and watch the video below!

For more information and to register for a time slot at any branch, contact the programming team at (831) 427-7717 or tales2tails@santacruzpl.org.

The Tales to Tails program is available at the following times and locations:

Aptos
1st/3rd Mondays • 3:30-4:30pm
1st Saturday • 10:30-11:30am

Branciforte
2nd/4th Wednesday • 2:30-3:30pm

Downtown
Saturdays • 10:00-11:30am

Felton
1st/3rd Friday • 3:00-4:00pm;
2nd/4th Saturday • 2:00-3:00pm

Garfield Park
2nd/4th Thursday • 4:00-5:30pm

La Selva Beach
1st/3rd Friday • 3:00-4:00pm

Live Oak
1st/3rd Wednesday • 3:30-4:30pm

Scotts Valley
2nd/4th Tuesday • 4:00-5:00pm

Santa Cruz Public Library is working with the Furry Friends, Therapy Dog Group and Therapy Dogs International.

For more information and to register for a time slot at any of the above locations, contact the programming team at (831) 427-7717 or pro@santacruzpl.org.

Tales to Tails team thank C-Dog

 

Volunteers Needed!

Tales to Tails Volunteer Assistant: Each branch that has Tales to Tails requires an on site assistant to set up and clean up the reading area and to make appointments with readers and parents. Volunteers will be working around animals, interacting with parents and helping children establish positive interactions with dogs and cats while improving and strengthening their reading skills.

Tales to Tails Volunteer Handlers: At this time we are at capacity for our Volunteer Handlers. Please check back for availability.

Sound like a program you’d like to support? Apply today! Contact the Volunteer Office at (831) 427-7700 x7615 or volunteer@santacruzpl.org.

Meet Our Tales to Tails Listeners

Bitsy
Bitsy
Chasca
Chasca
Cooper
Cooper
Cruz
Cruz
Daisy
Daisy
Dolly
Dolly
Finley
Finley
Henry
Henry
Lacey
Lacey
Layna
Layna
Mazie
Mazie
Nicolina
Nicolina
Opal
Opal
Otis
Otis
Rowdy
Rowdy
Roxy
Roxy
Sadie
Sadie
Sadie
Sadie
Safari
Safari
Topaz
Topaz
Yoli
Yoli
 

Upcoming Events...

Thu, Sept. 20


  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Live Oak Branch

Fri, Sept. 21


  • 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    La Selva Beach Branch

Sat, Sept. 22


  • 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Downtown Branch

  • 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Felton Branch

Tue, Sept. 25


  • 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Scotts Valley Branch