Reading Buddies Volunteer

Current Opportunities

Please check back in early to mid May to sign up for summer sessions.  More information will be posted once available. 

If you submitted a Reading Buddies application in the past year, but were not placed into a Reading Buddies program, you will be emailed when recruitment starts in May.

Overview

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Reading Buddies is an opportunity for junior and high school students ages 13 to 17 years to volunteer their time and enthusiasm mentoring kids in grades 2 to 4.

Teens and school-aged children are partnered for one-on-one reading and interactive games.

Program Purpose

  • To provide a safe, friendly environment for young students to experience the magic of reading.
  • To increase young readers’ interest in reading.
  • To provide a fun library experience.
  • To provide an opportunity for youth volunteers to develop mentoring skills.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Attend mandatory orientation/training session.
  • Be a good role model for their little buddy.
  • Facilitate Reading Buddies program to little buddy, including reading, literacy games and conversation.

Qualifications

  • Love of reading.
  • Experience interacting and assisting children and/or a desire to interact with and assist children.
  • Ability to communicate.
  • Strong English language skills.
  • Patience, enthusiasm, and an encouraging attitude.
  • Willingness to work in a group and cooperate with fellow teens and program coordinators.

Training

  • Reading Buddies volunteers must attend the mandatory training session.
  • Ongoing guidance may be given at each Reading Buddies session.
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