Reading Buddies

Reading Practice for Children in Grades 2–4
A teen and early school years child reading together

Reading Buddies is a program that supports children who are new readers and helps to build their confidence and improve their skills. Children are paired with a teen volunteer and will spend time reading together in a safe, supportive environment. This program runs for six weeks two times per year, in the Spring and Fall. Each session is 60 minutes (1 hour) long. Children and teens who sign up for this program must attend all 6 weekly sessions. 

Children (Little Buddies)

Little Buddies will have the opportunity to engage with a teen Big Buddy, building relationships and practicing literacy skills. Children must have some reading ability already as this program does not teach them how to read. 

How To Register

Registration for Little Buddies opens 3 weeks before the program begins. You must come into the branch to apply in person. You may download and fill out the registration form in advance. Reading Buddies Application

Please continue to check this page for updates.

2024 Spring Sessions

See below for upcoming program dates. Schedule subject to change until the program begins. 

City CentreTuesdays, April 16 – May 214:00-5:00pmIn branch starting March 26
ClaytonWednesdays, April 10 – May 154:00-5:00pmRegistration closed. 
CloverdaleTuesdays, April 16 – May 214:00-5:00pmRegistration closed. 
FleetwoodTuesdays, April 16 – May 213:45-4:45pmRegistration closed. 
GuildfordTuesdays, April 16 – May 214:00-5:00pmRegistration closed. 
NewtonTuesdays, April 23 – May 284:00-5:00pmRegistration closed. 
Ocean ParkTuesdays, April 9 – May 145:30-6:30pmRegistration closed. 
SemiahmooThursdays, April 11 – May 164:00-5:00pmRegistration closed. 
Strawberry HillWednesdays, April 17 – May 223:30-4:30pmIn branch starting March 27

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Teen Volunteers (Big Buddies)

As an Reading Buddies Volunteer, you are a role model to a young reader, practicing reading with your Little Buddy and engaging in fun literacy activities. Being a Big Buddy is a rewarding experience and counts towards volunteer hours. For teens ages 14-18.

How to Apply:

Teen Applications have now closed for the Spring. Please keep continue to check this page for Fall updates. All teen applicants must apply for this program through the city My Impact Page. You will need to have an account to apply. All volunteers must apply to be considered. All new volunteers must submit 2 references to be considered. New volunteers will also be required to attend a training session before the program start date. Please continue to check this page for updates.