Reading Buddies

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Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 Reading Buddies program is underway. We are planning to offer another session soon, so please check back. In the meantime, here's some information to help you decide if Reading Buddies is right for your child.

A Message from Program Coordinators Bridget Bell & Ryder Heuston

Program Expectations

  • As a matter of Library Policy, parents of Little Buddies must remain in the Library at all times.
    • Please be on time.
    • Please notify Bridget Bell or Ryder Heuston if you will miss a session.

    • Big Buddies are middle and high school students at local schools.
    • If you are curious about what your child is reading or what reading-enrichment activities we do, please feel free to ask us.
    • Remember that Reading Buddies is not a tutoring service; our goal is to help kids enjoy reading.


    What is Reading Buddies?

    Reading Buddies is a free program that pairs teenage volunteers with K–2nd grade students who are learning to read. They work together for an hour every week—one-on-one.

    The Buddies read together for 45 minutes. There are also reading comprehension activities and reading-related games. For the last 15 minutes of the session, all of the Buddies will play a group reading game, such as a Library scavenger hunt.

    The program helps boost young readers' skills and get them excited about reading and the library. It gives Big Buddies community service hours and the chance to make a real difference in a child's life. Reading Buddies was first offered at the Louisville Library in the summer of 2009. We thank the Lafayette Public Library for sharing their training materials, helping us get our own program started.

    Who are the Big Buddies?

    Big Buddies are volunteers in grades 7-12 (or entering grades 7-12 if volunteering for a summer session) who apply to mentor a younger student. Big Buddies from any school are welcome; most of our Buddies come from Louisville Middle School, Summit Middle School, Monarch K-8, Monarch High School, and Fairview High School.

    Before participating in Reading Buddies, all Big Buddies participate in a two-hour training program. Big Buddies are NOT tutors—their job is to help Little Buddies enjoy reading, not to help them with homework or correct learning issues.

    Who are the Little Buddies?

    Little Buddies are elementary school students who want extra help with reading or a teen mentor. Children currently in grades K-2 will get priority in Buddy assignments, but we will also accept children in 3rd grade if we have space.

    Little Buddies are drawn primarily from Fireside, Coal Creek, Eldorado K-8, and Louisville elementary schools, but we accept applicants from anywhere. We accept Little Buddies at any reading level—Big Buddies are trained to help children who are pre-reading, as well as those who can read chapter books.

    How do I sign up?

    • Applications
      The application deadline has passed for this session of Reading Buddies. When a new session begins enrollment, applications will be available here. They will also be available at the Louisville Library Children's Desk.


    • Eligibility
      All Big Buddies who attend the training are accepted.

      For the Little Buddies, space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We will notify you a few weeks before the program begins if your child has been accepted or is on the waiting list.


    • Attendance Policies
      The goal of Reading Buddies is to establish a relationship between the Buddies, and attendance is critical to the success of the program. Little Buddies who miss more than one session will be unable to participate. It is also very important to the program's success to be on time; if a Little Buddy is late, the Big Buddy may be assigned to a different child for the day.

      If you will not be able to attend a session, please give us as much advance notice as possible. If a last minute emergency or child's illness comes up, please let us know as soon as you can. Parents of Little Buddies are required to remain in the Library (though not with the Buddy pair) during the session.


    Who is in charge of the Reading Buddies Program?

    Under the supervision and guidance of the Library's Children's Services librarians and staff, the Reading Buddies program is organized and run completely by volunteers for the Library.


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