DOVER -- The Dover Public Library will be hosting a Library Read-In on Saturday, Feb. 2 from noon until midnight. Members of the public are invited to stop by the library to read the book of their choice out-loud in 15-minute increments.

"As part of National Library Lovers Month, our library Read-In is intended to encourage members of the community to celebrate libraries and an individual's freedom to read," said library director Jim Gill. "There is power and beauty in having words in the air and it is our goal to celebrate this on Feb. 2."

Those interested in participating can preregister to reserve a specific reading time. Walk-in readers will be also be accepted if reading slots are available.

Murphy and Marley, licensed therapy dogs sponsored by the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition, will be available for children to read to from 1 to 4 p.m.

"Children love reading to The Book Hounds!" said Children's Librarian Pat Rombach. "Children who feel self-conscious or who get nervous reading out loud are much more comfortable reading to a dog. Therapy dogs do not judge and are not intimidating. Studies show that students who read to dogs experience better gains in reading ability and overall attitudes towards reading."

The Friends of the Library will provide hot chocolate, coffee, cookies and other snacks for the public. Participants are eligible to win a Book Lovers Prize Basket which will be given away at the end of the evening. The library, which usually closes at 5 p.m. on Saturdays, will be open full-service until midnight.

For information or to register to participate in the Read-In, contact the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123.