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.

Volunteer Locations

  • Castle Downs Branch: Everyday Tuesday-October 18-November 15,  4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mandatory training session will be Tuesday, October 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Clareview Branch: Every Saturday -October 22 -November 26 p.m. Mandatory training session will be October 15, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Riverbend Branch: Session 2: Everyday Wednesday-November 16-December 14, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Mandatory training session will be Wednesday, November 9, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
  • Whitemud Crossing Branch: Session 2: Everyday Monday-November 7-December 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mandatory training session will be Monday, October 31, 4:30-5:30 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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