Dog Programs at Scotch Plains Public Library


There’s a common stereotype out there that librarians are cat-lovers. Nothing against cats, but here at the Scotch Plains Public Library, we’re pretty partial to dogs. And we’ve got some great dog programs to tell you about.

Two Monday evenings every month, our Children’s Room welcomes dogs and their human volunteers from St. Hubert’s for Paws for Reading. The dogs love having stories read to them, and readers in Kindergarten and above are invited to take a turn. This is an especially great program for reluctant and beginning readers who can practice their reading skills with a willing listener. You must register in advance for your five-minute time slot. Priority is given to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders. Our next January date for this ongoing program is the 28th, starting at 7:00pm. You can contact the Children’s Desk at 908-322-5007 x209 or

On Thursday, January 24th, at 7:00pm, we will get answers to your dog behavior and training questions. Iris Fryzel, a former canine officer with the US Department of Homeland Security/US Department of Agriculture, and her retired service dog Mindy will demonstrate some commands, and Iris will help us understand how dogs think and why they behave the way they do. Other basics of dog behavior and training will be covered. You are welcome to bring your questions, but please leave your furry friends at home.

Sign Up for E-News

This program is suitable for all ages, but registration is required. You can register by calling the Reference Desk at 908-322-5007 x204 or emailing us at

The next time you’re in the library, be sure to check out the display near the Reference Desk of just a few of our books and movies about dog behavior.

Scotch Plains Library

1927 Bartle Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

In a second letter ...

The Missing Moses

A seemingly dubious distinction belongs to this week’s Parshah, Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20–30:10). It is the only reading in the Torah — from the first Parshah of the book of Exodus (in which he is born) until the end of the book of Numbers — where the name of Moses is not mentioned. Tetzaveh’s opening words are V’atah ...

Congratulations to UCDC Chairman Nick Scutari

February 23, 2018

Dear Editor:

First, congratulations to Chairman Nick Scutari. I look forward to working alongside him as 1st Vice Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee. 

For the last three weeks, this campaign for UCDC Chair displayed the power we have and the voice we share. You are the leaders, citizens and activists who are helping shape our future. What you do in your hometowns and ...

Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate covered strawberries, red roses and special dining.  It’s a day to express our love and affection to those close to us.  Some of us have expectations that this day will be blissful, we may even receive that diamond ring that represents engagement or marriage.

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time if ...

Superhero Purim at the Union County Torah Center-Chabad

February 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Torah Center will host a family Superhero Purim Bash at the center, 111 Laurel Place, in Westfield on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 p.m.  There will be face painting, a superhero masquerade contest with all children dressed in costume receiving a prize, and a grand prize awarded for the best costume & a pizza dinner. A multi-media Megillah reading will follow at ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, February 25, 10:00 AM

Camp Riverbend, Warren

Camp Riverbend Open House

Arts & Entertainment


Wed, February 28, 1:00 PM

Mountainside Borough Hall (Recreation Room), Mountainside

Hearts for Hope; Create a moment of joy to those ...

Giving Back