HCPL and Northwest Branch Library  are pleased to announce a new program with Tender Loving K-9s Reading Education Assistance Dogs  (R.E.A.D.) designed to help reluctant readers gain confidence in their abilities. The idea behind R.E.A.D. is simple. When it comes to unconditional acceptance and sincere enthusiasm, dogs are a breed apart, so what better listener for a child who may be struggling with reading than a friendly pooch? Starting on November 26, and continuing every third Tuesday each month, registered therapy dog, Cayenne, and her human, Kristin Fitzgerald, will visit Northwest Branch Library. Time slots are limited; call 281-890-2665 or stop by the circulation desk on your next visit to reserve a session.
In addition to Northwest Branch’s new program, young readers have other opportunities:
• Longtime R.E.A.D. buddies from Montgomery County Pet Partners —Sheba, Bailey, Nick & Nora—will make their monthly visit  to LSC – Tomball Community Library  on Tuesday, November 26, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
• Katy Branch Library ’s Holiday Kick-off Party  on December 7, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. will not only feature a visit from Santa, but one from a reader’s best-friend, as well.