What is Reading Buddies?
Reading Buddies pairs teenage volunteers in grades 7-12 with kindergarten to 2nd grade students. Third graders may apply and will be accepted if the program hasn’t filled.
The Buddies meet for an hour every week of the session. They read together then do fun reading-related activities.
Reading Buddies helps boost young readers' skills and gets kids excited about reading and the library. It is not a tutoring service.
When is the next session?
Applications for Fall session will be available in August. Fall session runs September through November.
Applications for Winter session will be available in November. Winter session runs January through March.
Applications for Summer session will be available in April. Summer session runs June through August.
How do I apply to be a Big Buddy for the next session?
New volunteers must complete both a New Big Buddy application and a City application.
Returning Big Buddies need only complete a Returning Big Buddies application.
How do I apply to be a Little Buddy for the next session?
Little Buddies must apply by completing a Little Buddy application.
Applications are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Space is limited.
Who is in charge of the Reading Buddies Program?
Under the supervision of the Library's Children's Services staff, the Reading Buddies program is organized and run completely by volunteers for the Library.
A Message from Program Coordinators Bridget & Rachel
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 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 as much advance notice as possible by emailing email@example.com
Parents of Little Buddies are required to remain in the Library during the session.
If you are curious about what your child is reading or what reading-enrichment activities we do, please feel free to ask us.
Big Buddies applications will be replied to the week before the training.
Little Buddies applications will be replied to the week before the first session.