PUPPIES, books and toys will be combined for one fun night.
Council's public libraries will celebrate the launch of the Paws 'N' Tales reading program with a pawty and toy sleepover at Bowral Library on Thursday, March 17.
Lending a paw to improve children's literacy, the Paws 'N' Tales reading program relies on volunteers and specially trained dogs to assist in improving self-esteem, confidence and reading skills in children aged four to eight years.
Library and information services co-ordinator Sandra Croker said this was a "great" opportunity to introduce children to one of the "beautiful" pet therapy dogs.
"As well as the meet and greet, we will celebrate with an afternoon tea and stories," Ms Croker said.
"It's safe to say that most people love dogs, and this program gives children the opportunity to read to a dog in a fun and non-threatening environment.
"This can be a strong motivational force for children learning to read."
As well as the official party, children are invited to leave a stuffed toy for a sleepover.
Photos of the toys' overnight adventure will be uploaded to the Paws 'N' Tales Facebook page the next day before being collected.
If you can't attend the event, you can leave your toys for the sleepover by dropping them off before 6.30pm on Thursday, March 17.
The official launch will be followed by the children's party at Bowral Library on Bendooley Street Bowral between 4 and 5pm.
This is a free event, however, bookings are essential.
Book online at www.bowrallibrarypawty.eventbrite.com.au or call 1300 266 235.
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