Mack and Monty

The Dogs in Libraries programme is a way for 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 is also offered in other parts of New Zealand and around the world and has had 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 there to help with the session. The sessions are 15 minutes long. Your session will need to be booked ahead of time. 

The dogs we use for our Dogs in Libraries programme were all adopted from the Waikato District Pound into loving homes. Due to their lovely natures they were chosen for the Dogs in Libraries programme. They have all been trained and tested for health, safety and temperament.

Our dogs

Stella dogs in libraries

Stella is a mastiff cross and she's about 18 months old. She loves playing with her dog brother, Junior. Her favourite game is chasing the ball. She loves to cuddle and sit on her Dad's knee and get her belly rubbed.  Stella is a huge fan of food but she won't eat her biscuits until her chin has been tickled. When she's excited she wags her whole body, not just her tail. Stella loves walks in the bush and swimming at the beach.

Missy dogs in libraries

Missy is a cross breed - our best guess is a Mastiff/Whippet cross. She's about 18 months old. Her favourite toy is an old boot and she loves to play fetch and have cuddles. She loves Schmackos! Her favourite book is 'Oi frog!' Missy has a dog sister and two kitty siblings. Her best friend is her kitty brother, who is also a rescue animal.  

Koey dogs in librariesKohe is a Labrador Boxer cross and she's around five years old. Her favourite toy is a tennis ball. She loves playing fetch. She loves bones! Kohe has a doggy brother called Doug and a doggy sister called Judy. 'Clifford The Big Red Dog' is her favourite book.
Salty dogs in libraries

Salty is a Staffi cross and we think she's about 7 years old. She loves going for a ride in the car. It's her favourite thing to do. She loves Salmon treats and her favourite book is 'Guinea Dog.' Salty has two dog brothers, Ollie and Flynn, who is also a Dogs in Libraries dog. Salty also lives with some cows but she thinks they are pretty scary. 





During school term, the hours are 3:15pm - 4.15pm at:

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

The programme is not held during the school holidays.

To book

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