The Windwalker Humane Coalition

Windwalker Teams in Libraries

Reading to a dog is fun and interesting. It can be soothing for both the child and the dog. Early readers and reluctant readers can be encouraged to read when a dog is listening.

Several Libraries have a partnership with WHC (Windwalker Humane Coalition for Professional Pet Assisted Therapy) and offer ongoing programs for children to read to a Windwalker Credentialed therapy dog. Those libraries, the participating Credentialed teams, and the library websites for information are listed below.  It is recommended to contact each library directly for specific information about its program and schedule. Some libraries do hold periodic reading programs and other educational themed presentations/programs throughout the year and contact WHC for teams to participate. To contact WHC, please go to "Join Us" or "Questions?"  and complete the questionnaire.

Occasionally students and pets in training (who are enrolled in the DJ Program) participate, with permission of the DJ Program Director, as part of their internship requirements.

At right, Friar... who retired in 2023 after many years as a gentle listener in several libraries.

Libraries with Ongoing Programs

Cumberland Library
Paws to Read
Third Saturday of each month 11-12 and 2-3
Regular Teams:
Pickle with Susan Olson (Coordinator)
KarRa with Ann Olean
Samantha, Merlin, Morgan with Marilyn Thayer






Samantha, Merlin & Morgan

Greenville Library
Paws to Read
Second Monday of each month from 6-7
Regular Teams:
Maggie Mae and Shannon with JoAnn Sutcliff (Coordinator)
Gillette with Kerri Lanzieri
Morgan, Samantha, Merlin with Marilyn Thayer
Jake with Jeanne Bazelek
Pickle with Susan Olson




Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library (Harrisville)
Literacy Tails
First and Third  Monday of each month
www.jmslibrary.org - click Newsletter for Literacy Tails calendar
Regular Teams:
Cynthia Vanaudenhove (Coordinator)
Jake with Jeanne Bazelek




North Providence Union Free Library
Pickle the Read Dog
First Thursday of month from 4-5
Regular Team:
Pickle with Susan Olson





North Smithfield Library
Joy with Jasmine
Tuesday afternoons (check library events calendar)
Regular Team: Jasmine with Janice Robertson






Libraries with Periodic Programs

West Warwick Public Library
Programs and Times TBD
www.wwpl.org - click Kids Events for calendar
Participating Teams:
Maggie Mae and Shannon with JoAnn Sutcliff (Coordinator)
Litza with Leslie Sittlow





Maury Loontjens Memorial Library (Narragansett)
Programs and Times TBD
Participating Teams:
Maggie Mae and Shannon with JoAnn Sutcliff (Coordinator)




Maggie Mae and Shannon

Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library (Johnston)
Teddy Time
Program Times - TBD - school vacations and summer (Sign in and Drop-In)
mohrlibrary.org - click - for children
Regular Team: Teddy and Stephanie Pinto





North Scituate Public Library
Read to Teddy
Program Times - TBD - school vacations and summer (Sign in and Drop-In)
scituatelibrary.org - click Events
Regular Team: Teddy and Stephanie Pinto






Therapy pets no longer working due to retirement or death:

Friar with Sheila Smith - Cumberland Library and Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library
Samantha with Marilyn Thayer - Cumberland Library and Greenville Library
Belle with Kathleen Swann - Jamestown Philomenian Library

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