EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) begins its second Reading to Action project, which includes a series of events and volunteer projects this April.

The Reading To Action program encourages library customers to be more active in their community. This year's theme is "animals." The library is presenting a variety of programs for animal lovers of all ages, ranging from animal psychology to pet therapy to other service-related activities.

The Furry Angels Therapy Dogs are coming to the library for two programs on Saturday, April 21. Young readers (grades K-5) are invited to read a story to the Furry Angels Therapy Dogs. Each reader will spend one hour with man's best friend to practice reading out loud.

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At 11:45 am, Furry Angels Therapy Dogs describes what therapy dogs do, how they are trained and if your dog might qualify. This program is for adults. The group is a nonprofit organization that trains dogs to work with people of all ages and disabilities.

The library hosts a Pet Café on Sunday, April 22, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Families can stop by the library to meet some animals that are looking for permanent homes, as well as learn more about the animal adoption process.

The library’s book discussion group meets on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 pm to discuss Animal Wise: How Animals Think and Feel by Virginia Morell. The book takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals and among the pioneering researchers who are leading the way into once-uncharted territory: the animal mind. In this surprising and moving book, Morell brings the world of nature brilliantly alive in a deeply felt appreciation of the human-animal bond.

Sal Curcurato, a pet trainer with Paws for Applause, discusses the importance of early puppy socialization and the responsibilities of dog ownership during a program on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm. The Friends of the Library are the sponsors for this program.

There will even be a special knitting and crocheting event on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 pm. The project will be making blankets for kittens and cats at the New Beginnings Animal Rescue of East Brunswick. This program is for adults and teens. 

 All programs are free and open to the public. For more information about these and other upcoming programs at East Brunswick Public Library, visit www.ebpl.org.