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Read in the library to a very fat Sacramento cat

Paws to Read with Norm Lopez, a very fat and famous orange and white Sacramento cat on Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sacramento Central Library located at 828 I St. Sacramento, CA 95814. Families and children are invited to celebrate Summer Reading in Kids Place. A feline themed storytime will be followed by photo opportunities with the Capitol fat cat, Norm Lopez. Note there are many 'fat' cats in Sacramento, and a lot of them also are orange and white and come in many other hued fur markings. Norm Lopez, the cat has been in the news frequently and is famous in Sacramento. See, "the YouTube video, "Capital Fat Cat: Norm Lopez." Or read the news article, "Norm Lopez, Capitol fat cat and social media guru is home again." And "Norm Lopez, A Popular 26-Pound Cat From Sacramento."

Reading to cats or dogs in public libraries.
Anne Hart, photography and novel.

Sacramento's famous 'fat' cat named Norm Lopez will be available for photos with children on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Sacramento's Central Library. The even celebrates summer reading programs at the Sacramento public library and its various branches. The event on Sunday, June 8, 2104 takes place at the Central Library located at 828 I Street. You also may wish to check out this May 30, 2014 Time article, "Studies Show Cat People Are Smarter Than Dog People."

Check out the June 2, 2014 Sacramento Bee announcement, "Paws to Read with Norm Lopez ." Read to the cat...the cat listens quietly, well maybe. The read to the cat program takes place at the Sacramento Central Library, 828 I St. Sacramento, CA 95814 on Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. What will unfold is a feline-themed storytime. If you read to a cat or dog, kids say the pet listens quietly as you read, and soon your reading improves because you're practicing reading and practice makes improvement. So keep reading.

On June 1, 2014 the Sacramento Public Library kicked off annual Summer Reading Program. The library asks readers to please “Paws to Read” at least five books this summer and join some of the Sacramento library's 1,700 events.

As far as programs where kids get to read to dogs or the famous Sacramento cat named Norm Lopez, children can get to meet some real animals at Summer Reading, from service dogs to wild birds to one fat cat. June 1, 2014 marks the official start of the library's Paws to Read Summer Reading Program, an annual event.

Reading has benefits that apply to adults as well

Reading has even been shown to help people hold on to mental abilities later into old age. You may wish to see the abstract of a study, "Life-span cognitive activity, neuropathologic burden, and cognitive aging."

That study's conclusions found more frequent cognitive activity across the life span has an association with slower late-life cognitive decline that is independent of common neuropathologic conditions, consistent with the cognitive reserve hypothesis. Or see articles such as "Boosting Your Brainpower in Old Age: Do Scientists Really Think " and "Older People Become What They Think, Study Shows -"

At the Sacramento public library, the theme of this year’s Summer Reading program is Paws to Read. Many of our programs will include actual animals that children can come see. Children can learn about pet care and nutrition, meet police K9s and other service dogs, or visit a petting zoo. In addition to the programs listed below, the library also is holding extra dates for its regular Read to a Dog programs and appearances by Busy Bee Dogs.

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