A Parent-Child Play Group for children approximately 18 months to 3.5 years is coming to Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, this summer.

This fun and interactive group will meet upstairs at Dog Ears Bookstore on five Saturdays. 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. Children must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or caregiver.

The group will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. July 14, 21 and 28, and Aug. 4 and 18. The cost is $75 per child, with a discount offered for siblings. Space is limited so reserve your space today by calling Maureen at 713-6195.

Once again this summer, Dog Ears Bookstore will be offering free Summer Reading and Writing Camps for children ages seven to 13.

These camps are open to children of all reading and writing levels and will consist of an activity in the morning such as music, sports, animals, drama, literature, arts, community awareness and more! After a break for lunch — pack your own or buy a lunch at the café as students will remain at Dog Ears for lunch — the children will break into small groups to reflect upon, write about, and share thoughts on their morning experiences and achievements. 

The camps for 12- and 13-year-old students are geared toward a reading and writing workshop. These camps will help build reading and writing skills as well as comprehensive skills that target the needs for each specific grade level. Throughout these programs the children will learn helpful tips, skills and strategies that will carry across all subject areas and transition into the New York State Common Core Curriculum. Supplies and portfolios for writing will be provided.

The summer reading camps are funded by grants through the Erie County Youth Bureau and South District Councilman Chris Scanlon and will be facilitated by NYS-certified teachers. For additional information regarding the camps, please contact Tom McDonnell at tom@enlightenthedog.org. Registration forms must be completed in the bookstore. 

The following dates are for Councilman Scanlon-funded camps; children must live in 14220, 14210 or 14206 to participate during these weeks:
• June 25-29 for ages 7 & 8
• July 9-13 for ages 9, 10 & 11
• July 16-20 for ages 12 & 13

The following dates are for Erie County Youth Services-funded camps; children can live anywhere in Erie County:
• July 23-27 for ages 12 & 13
• July 30 – Aug. 3 for ages 9, 10 & 11
• Aug. 13-17 for ages 7 & 8  

Camp is limited to 20 children per session so spots will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Registrations will be taken in-store only and children must be registered by their own parent or guardian.

We would like to thank Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County for their ongoing support of the arts in WNY, including programs offered here at Dog Ears Bookstore. Please know that your support is greatly appreciated!

A new six-week Adult Writers’ Workshop is slated at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, May 10. 

All participants will present current writing efforts that will be gently critiqued. Light refreshments are included, and the cost is $75 for all six meetings.                             

To register for the Adult Writers’ Workshop, please call the bookstore at 823-2665 or call John Schreier at 824-5174.

Kids Yoga with Alexandra Smith is the latest program to be offered at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. This class is a fun and creative way for children to explore yoga and exercise. Participants will learn different poses while playing games, reading stories and listening to music. Yoga is excellent for awareness of the body, mind and breath and a great way for kids to become creative, focused, happy and healthy! 

One-hour sessions for children ages 7 to 11 will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays, May 5, 12 and 19 and June 2, 9 and 16. The cost is $80 per student and yoga mats are provided.

Instructor Alexandra Smith was born and raised in Buffalo, is a 200-hour Certified Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher and Kids Yoga Baptiste Certified. She has traveled internationally to teach yoga and English as a Second Language and currently teaches Kids Yoga in Buffalo. Yoga is her passion and it excites her to bring yoga to the South Buffalo community! 

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Dog Ears Bookstore & Café would like to thank David Jednat, Melissa Blaszak and the tattoo artists at Grey Havens Tattoo on Seneca Street for hosting a successful tattoo fundraising event on March 11 to benefit the nonprofit community bookstore. More than 60 customers received new ink during the event! 

Special thanks are also extended to Jay Seefeldt and Wise Guys Pizza for donating several pizzas to the event, massage therapist Sara Wojewoda, and the gang at Hook and Ladder Development for their many contributions.

Dog Ears Bookstore & Literary Arts Center is offering an after school program for students in grades three through seven from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Each day targets a different set of skills. Services provides include:
• ELA homework assistance
• Reading comprehension passages
• Vocabulary enrichment
• Test-taking strategies
• Organizational skill building
• Study skills
• Peer tutoring with Bishop Timon High School and Mount Mercy Academy students
• ELA-based games, programs, clubs and projects with community members and groups

For more information, please stop by the bookstore at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, or call 823-2665.

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