Literacy & Story Time

Experience animals of all kinds through books.

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About this Program

Engaging in books with a variety of reading levels that share the same message of empathy and kindness to animals (and each other!) is pivotal to AWS’ Youth Programs mission. We offer several literacy and story time programs to promote reading, animals, and fun!

Rescue Readers

What to Expect

Open to students in grades 1-8. Rescue Readers brings together elementary/middle school students and resident or therapy pets for a half hour of literary-based confidence building. Reading aloud forms a special bond between student and pet. It provides enrichment and positive socialization for the animal, it boosts confidence in children, and it gives students a safe space to build a positive association with reading.

Students may choose from a variety of books on our special Rescue Readers book cart or they are welcome to bring their own reading materials.

Upcoming Events

Furry Tales Story Time

What to Expect

Furry Tales Story Time combines pets, literacy and fun! Toddlers, preschoolers and their families explore the exciting world of animals with stories, playtime, crafts, songs, movement and plenty of time with various pets.

Furry Tales is a free story hour that takes place each week at a different local library. Check out the listings to find out when Furry Tales is heading to your community!

Upcoming Events

Thank you to Kennebunk Savings for sponsoring Rescue Readers and Furry Tales Story Hour for the 2023-2024 school year.
With their generosity, these programs are free to attend.


For more information, please contact Youth Programs Coordinator via email or telephone at (207) 985-3244 ext. 109.

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Remember, itโ€™s never a good idea to leave your pets alone in a locked car, even for only a short time. The guide below shows just how quickly the inside of a car can get dangerously hot, even in mild temperatures like today. That means that even โ€œjust for a minuteโ€ can be long enough to have devastating effects for your pet. In most cases, itโ€™s best to just leave Fido at home rather than risk their health and safety. Letโ€™s keep summertime safe and fun for all!
We have a Happy Homes story about a lovely little cat named Flora who reminds us that even the shy, scared, or timid pets deserve a chance at a loving home. More often than not, once an animal gets adopted, they blossom into a truly outgoing and friendly companion who just needed a home environment to shine! Here's what Flora's parents have to say about her! 

"Flora joined our family about two years ago, and has brought immense joy, comfort, and affection to us since then. The day that I came into to AWS, the member I met with mentioned that this blue-eyed beauty was very, very shy. Nobody other than those caring for her had any luck getting her to trust. With another shy kitty at home, I knew to enter the room cautiously. I remember that Flora was curled up in a corner under a cat tree. I quietly sat on the floor just to get a good look at her. She perked her head up, crawled over, and promptly laid down in my lap. If I hadnโ€™t already had my heart set on her, that wouldโ€™ve sealed the deal right then and there!
Now, this kitty is THE definition of a cuddle bug. She sleeps in her humans bed each night, purrs louder than any kitty Iโ€™ve ever known, and demands attention vocally if it isnโ€™t given in a time deemed appropriate to her. She has two other kitty friends, along with her sister that she loves to play with, and she spends her days either lounging in the sun, or curled up right next to her people. Thank you AWS, for everything you do!"