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 Canada, opens 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.

Temporary Suspension of Visits

March 11, 2020: While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia to date, as a national organization Therapeutic Paws of Canada are taking precautions with their Paws to Read program across Canada by suspending all visits due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus. Please reach out to Therapeutic Paws of Canada if you have any questions. The Library will update this web page when TPOC resumes visits.

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