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Library activities going to the dogs

Dog trick shows, reading programs with dogs, spring "hoedowns" and magic shows highlight events for families at Wasatch Front area libraries during April.

The Salt Lake County Library System will offer its Intermountain Therapy Animals R.E.A.D. Teams six times during the month and the Salt Lake City Library System has "Dog Day Afternoons," offered each Saturday during the month. In both programs, children can read to therapy animals in a positive, non-threatening and fun environment.

The "Dazzle Dogzz Show" will be Tuesday, April 1, at 4 p.m. at the Sandy Library, 10100 S. Petunia Way. The show proves dogs can be stars in almost any sport. It is geared for ages 5 and up.

"Family Spring Hoedown" is offered by the Salt Lake County Library System six times during April with lots of musical events to celebrate the arrival of the spring season.

The "Magic of Eddy Hood" show will be offered four times during April. It's a family magic program for children of all ages. It will be featured next at the Hunter Library, 4740 W. 4100 South, on Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m.

Here's a sampling of the more difficult books available from the Salt Lake County Library System for second-grade readers:

"Wiley and the Hairy Man," by Molly Bang. With her mother's help, Wiley outwits the hairy creature that dominates the swamp near her home.

"He Bear She Bear," by Stan and Jan Berenstain. These two little bears, brother and sister, speculate on the things they'll grow up to be.

"Mrs. Gaddy and the Fast-Growing Vine," by Wilson Gage. Mrs. Gaddy buys a fast-growing vine that begins to take over her house, her animals and herself.

"Here Comes the Strikeout," by Leonard Kessler. Bobby changes from an easy out to a game-winning hitter with the help of a friend and a lot of hard work.

"Commander Toad in Space," by Jane Yolen. Commander Toad and his companions land on a mysterious planet.

Here are more special library events for April:

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.: "Preschool Storytimes" at the Main Davis Library, 38 S. 100 East, Farmington.

Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.: "Preschool Storytimes" at the South Branch Davis Library, 725 S. Main, Bountiful.

Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.: "After School Special" for ages 6-12 at the Provo Library, 550 N. University.

Fridays, 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.: "Mother Goose Time" at the Provo City Library, 550 N. University Ave.

Every Saturday, 1-3 p.m.: "Dog Day Afternoon" (children can read to dogs) at the Main Salt Lake City Library, 210 S. 400 East; and also the Day-Riverside Library, 1575 W. 1000 North.

April 1-30: "Who's a Poet" at the Draper Library, 12241 S. 900 East, and the East Millcreek Library, 2266 E. Evergreen Ave. Children 12 and under can celebrate National Poetry Month during business hours by writing their own poem. Prizes will be awarded. (Also, similar events all month at the Hunter, West Valley and Riverton libraries.)

Wednesday, April 2, 10 a.m.: "Book Baby" program for babies up to age 2 at the Day-Riverside Library. (Also April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10 a.m. at the Main Salt Lake Library; and April 9 and 23, 10 a.m. at the Sprague Branch.)

Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m.: Bilingual storytime for children at the Main Salt Lake Library, 210 E. 400 South. (Also April 16, 7 p.m. at the same location.)

Tuesday, April 1, 7 p.m.: Mexican paper flower making for all ages at the Holladay Library, 2150 E. Murray-Holladay Road.

Saturday, April 5, 1-3 p.m.: "Dog Day Afternoon" (children can read to dogs) at the Chapman Branch, 577 S. 900 East.

Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m.: Intermountain Therapy Animal R.E.A.D. teams available for children of all ages to read to at the Tyler Library, 315 Wood St.

Saturday, April 5, 4-6 p.m.: "Sights and Sounds of the Indian Subcontinent" at the Main Salt Lake City Library, 210 S. 400 East. Crafts for kids, slide show, music and food from India.

Monday, April 7, 7 p.m.: "Family Spring Hoedown" at the Bingham Creek Library, 4834 W. 9000 South, West Jordan.

Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m.: "Family Spring Hoedown" at the West Jordan Library, 1970 W. 7800 South.

Thursday, April 10, 4 p.m.: Utah Jazz players will be reading to youths ages 6-12 at the Whitmore Library, 2197 E. 7000 South.

Saturday, April 12, 1 p.m.: "Family Spring Hoedown" at the Park Library, 4870 S. 2700 West.

Saturday, April 12, 1 p.m.: Intermountain Therapy Animal R.E.A.D. teams available for kids of all ages to read to at the Columbus Library, 2530 S. 500 East.

Saturday, April 12, 1:30 p.m.: "Magic of Eddy Hood" at the East Millcreek Library, 2266 E. Evergreen Ave.

Saturday, April 12, 1-3 p.m.: "Dog Day Afternoon" (kids can read to dogs) at the Anderson-Foothill Branch, 1135 S. 2100 East.

Monday, April 14, 7 p.m.: "Magic of Eddy Hood" at the Sandy Library, 10100 S. Petunia Way.

Monday, April 14, 7 p.m.: Intermountain Therapy Animal R.E.A.D. teams available for children of all ages to read to at the Kearns Library, 5350 S. 4220 West.

Monday, April 14, 7 p.m.: "Family Spring Hoedown" at the Draper Library, 12441 S. 900 East.

Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.: "Family Spring Hoedown" at the Columbus Library, 2530 S. 500 East.

Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.: Bilingual storytime for children at the Day-Riverside Branch, 1575 S. 1000 North.

Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m.: Intermountain Therapy Animal R.E.A.D. teams available for kids of all ages to read to at the Columbus Library, 2530 S. 500 East.

Saturday, April 19, 1-3 p.m.: "Dog Day Afternoon" (children can read to dogs) at the Sprague Branch, 2131 S. 1100 East.

Monday, April 21, 7 p.m.: Intermountain Therapy Animal R.E.A.D. teams available for children of all ages to read to at the Hunter Library, 4740 W. 4700 South.

Saturday, April 26, 1 p.m.: "Magic of Eddy Hood" at the Park Library, 4870 S. 2700 West.

Saturday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.: Intermountain Therapy Animal R.E.A.D. teams available for children of all ages to read to at the Whitmore Library, 2197 E. 7000 South.

Saturday, April 26, 1-3 p.m.: "Dog Day Afternoon" (children can read to dogs) at the Sweet Branch, 455 F St.

Monday, April 28, 7 p.m.: "Family Spring Hoedown" at the Riverton Library, 1280 S. Redwood Road.


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