South Buffalo’s community bookstore and gathering place, Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, is partnering with People Inc. to offer the Enlightenment on Wheels program. Through the program, People Inc. clients living in local group homes can fill out a form and Dog Ears then sends two books to each individual every other week, perpetuating the reading process and keeping their minds sharp!

“We love to see all people with a book,” said Dog Ears Director Thomas McDonnell. “The program also allows some of the participants an opportunity to get out into the community as they pick up and distribute the books to five participating sites. The program allows us to ensure that People Inc. clients have an opportunity to live, travel, learn and enjoy all that these stories have to offer.”

Dog Ears is located at 688 Abbott Road. For more information on the nonprofit community bookstore, please call 823-2665 or follow Dog Ears on Facebook for frequent updates.

The Erie County Sheriff Department’s horticulture program at the Alden Correctional Facility provides an opportunity for inmates to learn about and grow plants and vegetables, and recently donated a variety of flowers and plants to Dog Ears Bookstore & Café! Each year the program selects worthy organizations to benefit from this experience and First Deputy Superintendent Paul Evans and Captain Pete Priester made it possible for Dog Ears to be a 2017 recipient! 

A Parent-Child Play Group for children approximately 18 to 36 months, accompanied by a parent, grandparent or caregiver, is coming to Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, this summer.

This fun and interactive group will meet five Saturdays upstairs at Dog Ears Bookstore. Facilitated by Maureen McDonnell, a licensed speech pathologist, this play group focuses on early language skills through socialization, songs, stories, play and movement. Each class is theme based and includes circle time, gross motor activities, free play, songs, finger plays, crafts and a snack.

The group will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. July 15, 22 and 29, and Aug. 12 and 19. The cost is $70 per child, with a discount offered for siblings. Space is limited! To reserve your space, please call Maureen at 713-6195.

A new six-week Puppy Tales series at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will kick off at 10:15 a.m. Friday, June 30.

Open to children ages 2 to 4 accompanied by a parent or guardian, Puppy Tales runs on six consecutive Friday mornings and each session includes three stories, a craft and healthy snacks. This is a free summer session sponsored by Matthew Whitehead and RealtyUSA.

Puppy Tales is a great way to prepare students for Pre-K. To register for the next Puppy Tales series, please visit the bookstore or call 823-2665. 

Summer reading and writing camps for kids and teens will be offered this summer at Dog Ears Bookstore & The Enlightenment Literacy Arts Center, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

A free Summer Reading & Writing Camp for Kids begins on June 26. Sponsored by South District Councilman Chris Scanlon, this camp will feature reading and writing activities, games and more, with all activities aligned with Common Core and New York State Standards in Education. Participants must reside in Councilman Scanlon’s district (14220, 14210, 14206).

Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, this camp will be offered from June 26 through June 30 for 7 and 8 year olds, July 17-21 for students ages 9 to 11, and July 10-14 for students ages 12 and 13.

A free Summer Reading & Writing Camp for Teens will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings, July 6 through Aug. 24. This program is designed for high school students who will discuss, dissect and gain a deeper understanding of summer reading books.

Erie County Youth Services will sponsor a second Summer Reading & Writing Camp for Kids that is free to all Erie County residents. Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, this camp will be offered from July 24-28 for 7 and 8 year olds, July 31 through Aug. 4 for students ages 9 to 11, and Aug. 14-18 for students ages 12 and 13.

All of these camps are limited to the first 20 registrants; permission slips are available at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café. For more information or to register, please visit the bookstore.