Registration is now open for the next two sessions of Reading Tails at the Library

Reading TailsGirl reading to a shitzu

What is Reading Tails?

Reading Tails is a program designed to improve reading skills for children ages 6 through 12, who already know how to read. Each child will read to a certified Magical Paws Therapy Dog for 30 minutes.

Registration is now open for the next two sessions, which will run from:

  • January 11th to February 18th, 2016
  • April 4tth to May 12th

Each session runs for 6 weeks.

Please note that space is limited.

Parents can register their children by emailing Annette Lumbis at

Current participating branches include:

Location Schedule
Copper Cliff Thursdays
Garson Tuesdays
Main Library Tuesdays or Thursdays
New Sudbury


South End Thursdays
Valley East Mondays


Who is this program for?

This program is designed for children who are struggling with reading and provides a way to gain fluency and confidence in their reading skills. 

Why should your child participate?


It has been found that when a therapy dog is listening, a child's dread of reading is replaced by eager anticipation which allows learning to occur. The children also make enormous strides in their reading and communication skills while building self-esteem, confidence and social skills. 

Kids love dogs, and they love spending time with them because they make them feel safe, protected, and loved. Many young, aspiring readers feel judged or intimidated by classmates and adults when they have to read aloud to them. But it isn't scary to read to dogs. They don't make fun or judge you when you stumble over words, they don't get impatient with you, and they never laugh at you or correct you when you mess up. 

Dogs are great listeners and that can make all the difference in the world to a shy or slow reader. When children are with the dogs, blood pressure and heart rate goes down, whether the child and dog are just sitting together or if the child is reading to the dog.

For more information, please contact: 
Monique Roy 
Children's Librarian
705-673-1155 extension 4778