Could this be the most wholesome event of the year in Vancouver?

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Are you ready for an afternoon of cuteness in the name of literacy? The Vancouver Public Library is hosting a “Canine Library” this Saturday, September 14th from 1 to 3 pm.

The free event will allow participants to “check out” a dog and read the dog their favourite poem during a 15-minute session – leaving plenty of time for some belly rubs and back scratches as well.

The Canine Library will take place on September 14th from 1 to 3 pm at Emery Barnes Park (map) and registration will happen at the park itself, so there’s no worry that this event will sell out! In fact, participating in the event is free of charge.

The Canine Library is put on by the Vancouver Public Library, the Vancouver Park Board, Paws 4 Stories and St. John Ambulance and will hopefully work to improve relationships between dog owners and non-owners in parks.

The event itself is inspired by the Paws 4 Stories program, which aims to increase literacy among children. In that event, dogs drop by a local library and are read to by kids who want to practice their reading. (Ok, that may be the most wholesome event of the year as well.)

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Image courtesy of the Canine Library

The dogs are volunteers with St. John Ambulance, which has a large team of therapy dogs across the province. These dogs need to be especially easy-going and good-mannered.

At Canine Library, all the dogs will be assigned a book of poetry that relates in some way to animals or parks. You’ll “check out” the dog, and read them their poetry.

The event will happen rain or shine and if it goes well, there may be others like it in the future.

More information is available on the Facebook event page.

 

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