Dog Ears Bookstore will restart its popular after school program on March 22. The nonprofit community bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in Buffalo.
The after school program will continue through June 3 with sessions from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday sessions are reserved for grades K-2, Wednesdays for Grades 3-5, and Thursdays for Grades 6-8.
All after school sessions are taught by literacy specialists and New York State-certified English Language Arts teachers. Sessions for K-2 will feature story time, read alouds, and activities that focus on introducing youth to the love of reading. Wednesday sessions will feature a guided book club where youth will learn tips and strategies on how to become better readers in a fun and interactive way. Thursday participants will take part in Reader & Writer Workshops where they will read different short stories and learn strategies on how to become a short story author. Special presentations will also be scheduled. All class materials will be provided along with a small snack.
Adults do not need to attend with their child but must be mindful of drop-off and pick-up times. Parents are welcome to wait for their children in the café, which will be open for food and beverage purchases.
Pre-registration is required. Parents can register their children by calling the bookstore at (716) 823-2665. When signing up, please make sure to indicate which session your child will be attending.
The free workshops are made possible through funding by the Erie County Youth Bureau.