St. Thomas Public Library is excited to announce a new partnership with St. John Ambulance St. Thomas-Elgin Branch that will bring “Paws for Stories,” a Certified Therapy Dog reading program, to the library!

“Paws for Stories” launches on Saturday, March 30 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Children’s and Teens’ Department. St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs will be available for a meet-and-greet during the event, and visitors can also register their children (ages 7+) ahead of time for a ten minute timeslot to read to the Therapy Dogs. All ages are welcome to come meet the dogs during the Meet and Greet.

Image courtesy of St. John Ambulance website.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” says Aaron DeVries, Manager, Customer Engagement. “We’ve seen many successful programs like this at other libraries, and we’re excited to bring this program to St. Thomas Public Library. We know reading to dogs can have a really positive impact for reluctant readers.”

Reading to dogs has many benefits, like improving reading skills and comprehension, reducing stress, and boosting confidence in a no-pressure, non-judgmental environment. After the launch event on March 30, St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs will be available from April – June every Wednesday at the library from 4 – 5 p.m. for 10 minute reading sessions.

St. John Ambulance St. Thomas-Elgin Branch and St. Thomas Public Library hope to see many friendly faces at the launch event! If you are interested in registering for a reading session with a Therapy Dog, please contact the library.