Reading Buddies Volunteer

Reading Buddies Volunteer

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.


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Volunteer Locations

Reading Buddies, Calder branch. July 24 – July 28, 2023. Must be available from 3:00—4:00p.m. Must attend mandatory orientation session on July 24 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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.

Volunteer Skills & 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.

Volunteer Commitment

Orientation / Training

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

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.
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