On Wednesdays, grab a blanket and your favorite cuddly pal and head to Festival Park for Books, Buddies & Blankets story time from 11:00 to 11:30am. Should it rain, Kid’s Days will move indoors to the old Limited Too store between Gap & the Children’s Place. 

On Wednesday, July 8, kids can bring their favorite story to read to certified therapy dogs and their handlers. Reading to therapy dogs allows children to develop their reading skills in a pressure-free environment. “Sometimes children feel inhibited to read out loud,” said Sheela Wright of Rochester Hills, who will be among those joining us with her dog Squirt. “Reading to a dog, however, reduces the child’s inhibitions and fear of being judged,” she said, “anything to get children to enjoy reading is great.” 

This is the second year that the Village will be hosting a therapy dog reading event. “I’m thrilled that Sheela and Squirt are back again this summer for Books, Buddies and Blankets,” said Michelle Shafir, Marketing Director at the Village of Rochester Hills.  “Watching the children interact with the dogs last year was amazing, and providing a reading environment in which they feel comfortable is extremely important,” she said, “we’re happy to be a part of it.”  

Story time will feature a variety of local authors and readers throughout the summer. For a list of readers, download the Village Event Calendar at  

The Village of Rochester Hills, located at the northeast corner of Walton and Adams roads; is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Village gift cards are available at Whole Foods Market or online at

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