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Kids read to dogs during ‘Furry Tales’ at Miami libraries

Parents interested in boosting their child's reading skills, while also improving their self-confidence, can register them to participate in Furry Tales, a program presented by the Miami-Dade Public Library System.

Literacy is important and what better way than to encourage it by combining the activity with some adorable paw-footed friends ready to listen? Children are given the opportunity to read stories aloud to official Therapy Dogs.

Once registered, just take your child's favorite book from home or choose from the library’s collection to participate in the program. 

Credit: Furry Tales @ MDPL

For more details, visit mdpls.org for a list of scheduled events, times and locations at various libraries around the county that offer the program. 

It is usually held on a Friday or Saturday for about an hour or more through May, 2024. Some listings are appropriate for all ages, while others may specify ages 6-11 or 3-8, etc. 

To register, there are phone numbers and emails with each listing.

Also, be sure to check out our weekly checklist at Things to do with kids in South Florida this week.

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Kids read to dogs during 'Furry Tales' at Miami libraries

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Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

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Delray Affair art festival

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Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

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Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

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Animal Feeding: Aquatic Turtles, Boynton Beach

2:15 pm | FREE | Green Cay Nature Center & Wetlands, Boynton Beach

Animal feedings at nature center, WPB

3:30 pm | FREE | Okeeheelee Nature Center, West Palm Beach

Live entertainment at Plantation Walk

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Live Music at Doral Yard

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8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood ArtsPark

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Kids read to dogs during 'Furry Tales' at Miami libraries

FREE | Miami-Dade Public Library System

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8:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

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9:00 am to 11:00 am | FREE | Miami Children's Museum

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Earth Day Celebration, Boynton Beach

10:00 am to 1:00 pm | FREE | Centennial Park, Boynton Beach

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10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Marine Environmental Education center

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Delray Affair art festival

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Delray Beach

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

PAMM free day with family activities

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Train rides, petting zoo, hayrides in Davie

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Celebrate Black Stories with Kid Flicks, Coral Gables

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Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

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Family Day on Aragon, Coral Gables

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Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

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Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

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Adventures of the Three Mess-Keteers, Downtown Miami

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Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

1:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

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Free magic show for kids in Weston

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

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Live entertainment at Plantation Walk

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Plantation Walk

Free outdoor film in Weston

8:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

Live Music at Doral Yard

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Night sky viewing with telescopes in west Broward

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

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11:00 am | FREE | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Pride Festival, Miami Beach

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Miami Beach Pride Parade, Miami Beach

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Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

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Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

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Tropical Sundays Live Music

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Monday, April 15, 2024

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12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

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12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

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12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

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7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Kids read to dogs during ‘Furry Tales' at Miami libraries
When
Weekly on Friday and Saturday (March 8, 2024 - May 31, 2024)
Cost
FREE
What
Kids read to dogs during ‘Furry Tales' at Miami libraries
Where
Miami-Dade Public Library System
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