Read to A Therapy Dog

Reading to dogs can boost reading skills in children as well as help with emotional and social skills. OCPL offers the following read to a dog opportunities:

A photo of Daisy, Baldwinsville Public Library's Read to a Therapy DogRead to Daisy

Baldwinsville Public Library

For all ages (1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month)

Stop in or call the library to make an appointment with Daisy.


A photo of Althea - the Read to a Therapy Dog pooch at Central LibraryRead to A Dog @ Central

Central Library

Althea is Central Library's reading therapy dog from Pet Partners of CNY.

She is trained to sit and listen patiently as children read stories to her.

Beginning June 15th at 3:30pm, continuing on the third Wednesday of every month at 3:30.

Call 315-435-1855 for details. 


A photo of Cooper - the Read to a Therapy Dog pooch at Hazard Branch

Saturday Stories With Cooper

Hazard Branch

Enjoy reading a story to Cooper, a trained, lovable dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. 

For ages 6 -12. 

Call Hazard Branch for dates and times. 315-435-5326


Brody is Liverpool Public Library's reading therapy dog. In this photo he smiles and lays quietly while a child reads him a storyPaws to Read

Paws to Read is a long-standing program at the Liverpool Public Library, at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays in the Children's Room.

Children can sign up when they arrive to read to a friendly dog from PAWS of CNY, Inc.

Family members are encouraged to get involved as well.

More information can be found at the LPL site events page, lpl.org/events.


Moose, the adorable pomeranian pooch, listens as children read.

Reading to Moose

Onondaga Free Library

Fridays, July 15, 29 & August 12 at 11am

Award winning and retired local news personality Laura Hand and her PAWS of CNY therapy-certified dog, Moose, are coming to OFL to help kids read! Simply pick out a book, grab your spot in line, and read to Moose! Practice makes perfect and reading is no different, but it sure is a lot more fun with a cute and friendly pomeranian! 

Recommended for kids entering grades K-4.  No registration required- First come, first serve.


Chewbacca the therapy dog sits patiently while children read to himMeet a Therapy Dog: Chewbacca

Skaneateles Library

7/13/2022
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
8/10/2022
4:00 - 5:30 PM

Chewbacca is a gentle and sweet therapy dog who loves to listen to stories. Drop in at the library to meet Chewbacca, read him a short story from our collection, and soak up all his peaceful doggie vibes. Location: Library Hall. For kids beginning to read independently to age 18.


Chuck the read to a therapy dog enjoys listening to children read stories to himRead to Chuck the Service Dog

Soule Branch
Children and families are invited to come visit with Chuck the chocolate lab.

Practice reading to this patient pooch, and find out more about life with a service dog.

To sign up for a time slot, please call 315-435-5320.