Kayden Blanco, 4, looks up at dog handler Lisa Akin, who holds 11-year-old yellow Lab mix Risa on her lap. Akin was helping the boy read a book. Carmen, a 12-year-old black Lab mix wearing a hot pink party hat, watches politely as Kayden shares the book “A Duck on a Bike” with both dogs and Akin. Carmen and Risa retired Tuesday with a party at the Mukilteo Library. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Kayden Blanco, 4, looks up at dog handler Lisa Akin, who holds 11-year-old yellow Lab mix Risa on her lap. Akin was helping the boy read a book. Carmen, a 12-year-old black Lab mix wearing a hot pink party hat, watches politely as Kayden shares the book “A Duck on a Bike” with both dogs and Akin. Carmen and Risa retired Tuesday with a party at the Mukilteo Library. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

These old library dogs are ready for a new trick — retirement

After years of patiently listening to young readers, Carmen and Risa probably have heard enough.

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