Eight-year-old Noah Sheppard’s voice is strong and steady as he reads a story to Grace, a 13-year-old poodle. Grace lies quietly next to him, Sheppard’s arm drapes over her, resting gently against her gray curly fur.

Grace is one of several dogs that visited with STEAM Academy students on Nov. 20 through the Kenton County Public Library’s Puppy Tales program. The program is for children in grades kindergarten through grade six and occurs at various times at all three library branches.

“The program is important for many reasons,” said Jenny Schwartz, William E. Durr Branch children’s programmer and school coordinator. “Studies show that allowing children to read to a dog can reduce anxiety and lead to improved behavior, attendance and confidence as well as reading skills.” Continue Reading the Article…



Puppy Tales began in 2006. It takes place at each branch of the Kenton County Public Library.

The Erlanger branch hosts Puppy Tales the third Sunday of the month; Covington the first Sunday of the month; and the Durr branch every Tuesday in the months of January, March, May, September and November. Those interested in joining should register at each branch.

Erlanger Children’s Department, 859-962-4003

Covington Children’s Department, 859-962-4077

Durr Children’s Department, 859-962-4032

The library is looking for more dogs for the program. Contact your branch for more information.

Author: Melissa Stewart, mstewart@communitypress.com

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