Paws to Read at Library

January 21, 2015   ·   0 Comments

Young readers who have trouble reading in front of people, especially classes, have the opportunity to participate in a program that can help boost their confidence.

The Orangeville Public Library, through both the Mill Street and Alder Street branches, is offering their ‘Paws to Read’ program.

The program allows young readers to snuggle into a comfy couch or pillow while reading out loud to a lovable four-legged friend, in a program designed to help students who are either just beginning to read or are reluctant readers.

Dufferin Veterinary Hospital donated funds to the Library to support the purchase of a small foam couch and large pillow for the program.

“We are thrilled to be able to support a community program that brings dogs and children together to nurture a love of reading,” said Dr. Christine Harron of the Dufferin Veterinary Hospital.

The program is offered in partnership with Therapeutic Paws of Canada, to provide regular sessions of Paws to Read.

The winter session began yesterday (Wednesday, January 21), and consists of six weeks, with a 15 minute time slot for each child to read to a trained therapy dog. Although the Alder Street program is full, there are still spaces available at the Mill Street Branch. The program runs from January 21 until February 25, from 4-5 p.m.

Anyone interested in registering for this program, which is offered free of charge, can contact Lynne at For more information on other programs offered at the Orangeville Public Library, as well as events, visit or call 519-941-0610.

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