Reading Buddies

Overview

Bring stories and reading to life for students in Grades 1 through 3! Reading Buddies volunteers share books and play fun literacy games with their “little buddy” in a group setting that’s facilitated by a staff member. Volunteers encourage children to read, and make reading fun! This is a youth volunteer opportunity for Grades 7-12.

Program Goals

Ensure a safe and friendly environment for young students to experience the magic of reading
Spark an interest in reading
Provide an opportunity for youth volunteers to develop mentoring skills

Length

Fall / Winter / Spring

1.5-hour programs
Six-week sessions
Dates and times vary depending on location

Summer

1.5-hour sessions
Five consecutive days
Monday to Friday
Dates and times vary depending on location

Volunteer Qualifications

Junior or senior high school students (Grade 7 to Grade 12)
Strong communication skills
Ability to motivate and mentor children from diverse backgrounds
Reliable and a positive attitude
Strong literacy skills
Commit to all program dates

Volunteer Responsibilities

Attend an orientation and training session
Create a positive, fun and rewarding environment
Be a positive role model for participants
Attend each program in the volunteer term

Training

An online orientation and training to review program materials and will be emailed to volunteers before the program begins. This will be followed by a one-hour in-person “meet and greet” before the first program.

Benefits

Meet new people and explore new opportunities
Have fun and contribute to your community
Develop: inter-personal, leadership, problem-solving, communication, and time management skills

Help Needed

Alexander Calhoun Library
Bowness Library
Central Library
Judith Umbach Library
Southwood Library

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Contact

Katie Radke
Email: Katie.Radke@calgarylibrary.ca
Phone: 403.221.2036

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