Pawsitive Reading

​​​VBPL’s Pawsitive Reading with Therapy Dogs began with a very simple concept: Kids like to read aloud with dogs.  The dogs are good listeners, they don’t judge or correct children while reading. Reading is critical to academic success and reading aloud is a proven way to improve children’s reading ability. As their reading skills improve, they become excited about reading and their self-confidence soars. To encourage children to read aloud, Virginia Beach Public Libraries regularly brings therapy dogs into the library for children to read with.​​

Pawsitive Reading with Therapy Dogs is available for any child in Kindergarten through 5th grade who wants to improve his or her reading skills. Children may bring their own books to share or read books provided by the library. For a list of libraries that offer Pawsitive Reading, visit our online calendar at

Children who attend Pawsitive Reading programs must bring a permission form signed by a parent or guardian. Be sure that your child has this form if they are attending with someone other than a parent or guardian. Please print, complete and sign the form below for the location your child will be attending.

​Permission Forms​

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