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Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies is a literacy-based program for struggling readers in grades 1-4. It helps to foster a positive relationship with books in a supportive, no-pressure environment. (It also gives volunteer mentors an opportunity to share in the adventure!) Together, mentors and buddies meet 1-on-1 for 1 hour each week and talk, find books together, practice reading, play some literacy games, and discover new stories.


Please review some of the following guidelines for the program:


  • Each Reading Buddies session runs for 10 meetings (1 hour/week)
  • Parents and mentors are responsible for communicating with each other, and contact information will be exchanged between partners. 
  • Parents and mentors will contact each other if they will be late or need to re-schedule a meeting (and check the library's hours to ensure the library is open).
  • Meetings happen in the children's department.
  • Parents must stay in the building during meetings.
  • Mentors are encouraged to read books on a variety of topics to engage their buddies and to learn new things. This includes books on holidays, national events, or religious observances. Please tell your child's mentor if there are any topics they should avoid (e.g. Halloween).
  • Children benefit from lots of practice, so please encourage your child to read in-between meetings as well, for example: before bed.


To volunteer with Reading Buddies, please visit our Teen Volunteering page.




Links & resources is a place for Mentors to visit with their buddies to find online reading games to play.  It's also great for mentors/parents looking for tips, tricks, and free resources to help a child in their reading.

To apply for your child to participate in the program, please download a child's Reading Buddies application form (file is in pdf format)


Please be sure to include how your child is a struggling reader, as well as any other information that willhelp us find a suitable partner.

Email completed applications to

Reaidng Buddies is a very popular program and there can be a delay between sending your application and being placed in the program. Please contact the coordinator if you have any questions.

Thank you for your understanding and patience :)