For one afternoon on September 14, patrons of the Vancouver (B.C.) Public Library can borrow a very different kind of library material—a dog. Patrons can take out one of eight dogs at the “canine library” for a 15-minute session at Emery Barnes Park downtown. The dogs are specially trained therapy dogs that regularly participate in a children’s reading program. Candie Tanaka, VPL programming and event coordinator, says the impetus behind the event is to give people who may not get a chance to interact with dogs a safe opportunity to do so.
CBC News, Sept. 12