Public Health
Public Health

Margaret Williams

(530) 642-7164

The El Dorado County Library and Animal Services have recently teamed up to offer a unique storytime experience for kids. Periodically throughout the year, Animal Services will visit El Dorado County Public Libraries and participate in the Library’s “Early Literacy Storytime,” bringing an adoptable pet along to listen to stories and interact with the children. 

“We thought this was a great way to engage the children during their Storytime, while also showcasing some of the wonderful animals in our county that are awaiting adoption,” said Henry Brzezinski, Chief of El Dorado County Animal Services.

According to Jan Robbins, Children’s Librarian with the El Dorado County Library, the Library’s Early Literacy Storytime program is targeted for children ages 4 and 5, but children of any age may attend. The Storytime is run by Library staff and lasts about one hour. The program includes reading one to three books, crafts, songs, finger plays and other activities. Each library generally offers the program once a week; days and times vary at each location.

The Early Literacy Storytime is free, but a one time registration is required. Registration only takes a few minutes and can be done prior to any Storytime. New participants should plan to arrive a few minutes early to register. 

“It is heartwarming to watch the interactions between the dogs and young children at the ‘Dog’ themed Early Literacy Storytime,” said Robbins. “I’m not sure who enjoys themselves more!” Animal Services is currently scheduled to participate in the Library’s Early Literacy Storytime as follows:

  • Friday, November 20, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, located at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway in El Dorado Hills.
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cameron Park Library, located at 2500 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park.

          The Library will post information on their website about current and future visits from Animal Services. For more information about the Early Literacy Storytime or other Library programs, please visit the Library website at For more information about Animal Services, including information about pets available for adoption, please visit the Animal Services website at

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El Dorado County Animal Services and the Placerville Public Library recently joined forces to bring the joy of animals and the fun of reading together for an adventurous storytime for children. Library patrons (left), Billy the bulldog (center), and Animal Services volunteer Kelly Hurd (right) enjoyed their time together during the event held in mid-October. Animal Services is happy to report that Billy has since found an adoptive family.

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Children attending a recent Placerville Library “Early Literacy Storytime” were excited to get a visit from Animal Services volunteer Linda Miller (left) and Animal Services Volunteer Coordinator Chelsea Callahan (right) who brought along shelter dogs Richie (a Lhasa Apso) and Fonzi (a Beagle mix). Fonzi has since found an adoptive family; Richie is still available for adoption at the Animal Shelter in Diamond Springs.