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UPDATE – at this time, T.A.I.L.S. is on pause as our lovely pup, Claire, has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Please check back at a later date for more information on future programs


T.A.I.L.S. is a free, motivational, confidence building, canine-assisted reading program for children (in grades 1-7) who are experiencing difficulties with reading.


Certified dogs (Claire) and handler (Laurie) will provide a calming, non-judgemental environment for your child to read to a therapy dog for 20 minutes once a week for 6  weeks.


A few notes about the program held at Jake Epp Library.

  • Children must have basic reading skills to be registered. This program is reserved for children in grades 1-7 who are experiencing difficulties with reading.
  • Children must be available to attend all 6 sessions (unless an emergency or illness arises). Please see the dates listed.
  • Parent/guardian of children must remain inside the library for the duration of the session.
  • Space is limited, registration is required.
  • This program is free, and a library membership is not required. Open to both Steinbach residents and non-residents



Questions or inquiries, email

This program provided by the partnership with St. John Ambulance’s Animal Therapy Service Volunteers.