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The Dogs in Libraries programme has been designed to allow children to practice their reading skills in a relaxed, non-threatening environment.

Research shows that sitting down and reading to a friendly dog has been found to help a child’s fear of being judged and over time, their reading ability and self-confidence improves.

Benefits of reading to dogs

  • Dogs don’t judge, laugh or criticise if mistakes are made
  • Helps improve confidence in reading
  • Less intimidating than reading to people
  • It allows children to proceed at their own pace
  • It’s been shown to increase a child’s relaxation while reading
  • Improves confidence and teaches safe ways to interact with dogs.

The programme has been run in other parts of New Zealand and around the world with fantastic results.

How it works

There’s a quiet corner where your child can sit and read to one of our dogs. Library staff and an Animal Control Officer will be present at all times to help facilitate the session. The sessions are 15 minutes long. Your session will need to be booked ahead of time. 

The Dogs in Libraries programme uses three dogs – owned by our Animal Control Officers – that have been trained and tested for health, safety and temperament.

Our dogs

Charlie BrownMy name Charlie Brown. I’m a Shih Tzu cross and I’m five years old. I love squeaky toys and ice cream, and I love going on treasure hunts. Rats are my favourite animal and my favourite book is Hairy Maclary. I love to dance!
KoeyMy name Koey. I’m a Labrador Boxer cross and I’m almost two years old. My favourite toy is a tennis ball. I love playing fetch. I love bones! I have two doggy brothers – Spencer and Doug – and a doggy sister called Judy. Clifford The Big Red Dog is my favourite book. 



Hours are 3:15pm-4:15pm at:

  • Raglan- Every Monday
  • Ngaruawahia- Every second Tuesday
  • Te Kauwhata-Every second Wednesday
  • Huntly-Every second Thursday
  • Tuakau- Every second Friday

To book

To book your session, contact your local library for more information.