One of Hartford Public Library's more popular children's programs is Paws to Read, an opportunity for kids to practice reading to a therapy dog.
We are sad to say that Sara Jane (pictured on the left), one of our first Paws to Read dogs, passed away recently. Although she had a rough start to her life, she was rescued and soon her healing transformed her into an amazing therapy dog. She spent many Saturdays encouraging young readers in our Children's Department and supporting our teens' creative work in the YouMedia Lab over her years of service.
Often times with sadness comes an opportunity for growth and learning. Lina Osho-Williams, youth and family services manager, has assembled a virtual Caring Library of children's books about loss. All books are available with an HPL library card on