Paws to Read

Dogs are a young reader's best friend.

The Paws to Read® program gives kids the chance to build their confidence by reading to a dog—they're excellent listeners!

How it works

  • The program is open to children in Grades 1-5.
  • Your child will be matched with a reading therapy dog and their volunteer handler (who are certified by Therapeutic Paws of Canadaopens a new window) for 30 minute sessions.
  • You'll need to sign up in advance. This program is popular and space is limited.

Where and when

We offer Paws to Read® at a number of our locations. However, this popular program is often fully booked. There are places available at a couple of locations or, if you prefer, you can wait for a spot to open up at the Library of your choice.

Space available


Alderney Gateopens a new window

Saturdays, 1:00-2:30 PM
with Darla
To register, call (902) 490-5748.

Keshen Goodman

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 PM
with Flaubert
To register, call (902) 490-5738.


Thursdays, 4:15-5:45 PM
with Nutella
To register, call (902) 865-8653. 

Get on the waiting list

The following locations are fully booked at the moment, but you can join the waiting list:


Fridays, 3:30-5:00 PM
with Teddy
To join the waiting list, call (902) 490-5740. 

Halifax Central

Mondays, 3:30-5:00 PM
with Colby
To join the waiting list, call (902) 490-5707.


Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
with Temba or Jetsan
To join the waiting list, call (902) 826-3330.


Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 PM
with Sophie
To join the waiting list, call (902) 490-2744.