Galaxie Library, Apple Valley - Galaxie Library: Waggin' Tales Volunteer Program


General Description 

Waggin’ Tales volunteers bring their trained therapy dogs to sit and “listen” to stories one-on-one with youth as the kids read aloud to the dogs. This program is intended to build children’s confidence and enjoyment of reading.  



Galaxie Library

14955 Galaxie Avenue

Apple Valley, MN 55124


Third Saturday of the month

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  


Duties & Responsibilities  

  • Manage trained therapy dog at all times before, during, and after the program.  
  • Communicate with both children and caregivers about how to engage with therapy dog in a friendly and courteous manner to all guests.  
  • Work in a shared space with other handlers and therapy dogs. 
  • Keep track of volunteer hours for program reporting.


Minimum Qualifications  

  • Must be 16 years or older. 
  • Dog and handler team must be certified by one of the following and provide credential proof: Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Pet Partners, or Therapy Dogs International.   
  • Must complete a required background check through the county for applicants ages 18+.  
  • Must be able to provide your own transportation to and from the library. 


Contact Information  

Amanda Geske 

Youth Services Manager 



Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Background Check Must be Completed: Cleared
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes
  • Waggin' Tales Program Certification Must be Yes