Paw to Read among Swanton Public Library youth programs

Paws to Read is back! This program combines kids, dogs, and books.

Children sign up to read aloud for 15 minutes to a certified therapy dog, who is happy just to listen. Improve reading skills and have fun reading with a friendly dog at the same time!

Australian shepherd Charlie will be here at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, March 17 and 24. Kids can read to him in 15-minute slots; six slots are available for both days. Slots can be shared for kids who want to come in together.

To register call 419-826-2760, visit the library’s website at, or visit the library at 305 Chestnut St.


Children in grades K-5 are invited to the library at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 17, to learn some basic self-defense in a free half-hour class with Richard Barkhimer, owner of Master B’s Self-Defense and Sport Karate on Main Street in Swanton and self-defense teacher for about thirty years. Register online, at the front desk, or by phone.

Register for this free program by visiting or calling the library or by signing up online at

Anime Club

The Anime Club for grades 6-12 will meet from 4-5:30 p.m .on Wednesday, March 14, for an afternoon all about anime. Watch three episodes of anime chosen by the attendees (or by the random button!). Japanese food, snacks, and drinks will also be provided. No registration required for this free program.