HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Hasbrouck Heights Library has gone to the dogs. At least on Wednesdays in August as the Read to a Dog program returns for a limited run during the month.

Now in its sixth year, Nugget the therapy dog will visit the Children's Room and listen to children read to him. On Wednesday, nine children read a book of their choice as Nugget quietly listened. Children's selections included "Mr. Mischief" and "Let's Go for A Drive." At the end of the night, the Library's Miss Maureen read, appropriately, "Go, Dog, Go."

The program is open to children from Kindergarten through fourth grade, said Mimi Hui, Library Director.

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"We want to start children young and instill a love of learning that will nurture life-long learning," she said.

Nugget is a nine-year old yellow lab. He and his human, Bill Molinelli, reside in Hackensack. They have worked with other library programs, as well as with autistic students in Hasbrouck Heights and Ridgefield. They are affiliated with Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. 


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