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PAWS Story Time

PAWS Story Time

(Ages 3-12)

Number of Attendees:

No registration required during summer program. For all ages.
39 children attended, between ages 3-12. We estimated for 50.


Prep Time: 1 hour
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes


Dog related books to read:

  • Bark George by Jules Feiffer
  • If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff
  • The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
  • How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
  • Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman
  • Any story-time appropriate fiction or non-fiction books about dogs!

Craft – Pet Shop Coloring and Glue Sheet:

  • 40 – copies of pet shop store background (photo copy or print in color)
  • 40 – copies of pet shop animals (photo copy or print black and white)
  • Crayons or Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks

Smell-O-Rama Test:

  • 10 – 5oz paper cups
  • 10 – pieces of aluminum foil to cover cups
  • 10 – elastic bands
  • 10 – Items that smell. We have used banana, lemon, vanilla, glue, paint, garlic, onion, tuna fish, nutmeg, cinnamon, mustard, etc.
  • 40 – copies of smell test guessing sheet
  • Pencils

Description of Program:

This is a special story time, which Nutley Public Library has hosted a few times already. PAWS Story Time stemmed from our Read-to-Dogs program, when one of the therapy dog owners volunteered to read stories to children along with her therapy dog. It has become one of our most popular and highly requested story times.

For PAWS Story Time, children listened to stories about dogs, sang some songs such as B-I-N-G-O, and watched a therapy dog perform tricks. After we read the stories, children made a craft, took a smell test and spent some one-on-one time with the therapy dog.


Story Time: Provide cushions for children to sit and listen to the stories about dogs

Craft: Provide each child with one pre-colored sheet of Pet Shop Background and one copy of animals. Children should use crayons or markers to color the animals, cut them out, and then glue them in appropriate spaces on the Pet Shop background sheet.

Smell Test: Place your smelly item in a 5 oz cup. Cover top of cup with tinfoil, seal with an elastic band, and poke a small hole in top of cup. Do not let the children and adults see the item in the cup. Number each cup, 1-10. Provide each child a copy of the Smell-O-Rama guessing sheets along with a pencil or crayon. Ask each child/adult to smell the cup and write their guess on the sheet. Prior to the smell test, ask parents if there are any allergies. If so, review with parent the items in cups and remove the necessary item(s) for that child.


Minimal ($10.00 in materials). Cost is minimal for craft materials. For the smell test, co-workers and I used items from our staff kitchen and home. The therapy dog visit was volunteer. In the past, I have provided the owner a gift card to PETCO. This time I asked patrons to donate pet items for a shelter. I left the box available over a period of three weeks around the story time date. As a thank you, we gave our local shelter the pet items in the therapy dog's name.


Attachments provided.

Therapy Dog Contact: http://www.golden-dogs.org/

Submitted by:

Michelle Salimbene Albert - michelle.albert@nutley.bccls.org

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