Reading Buddies

About the Program

The Reading Buddies Program is designed to give children, “buddies” who have completed kindergarten through third grade, a chance to practice reading.  Reading aloud together helps children to improve their language skills, gain confidence and practice good communication.

Please Note - We are no longer accepting online registrations for the program. If you are interested, please stop by the youth services desk at the library for more information.


All buddies keep track of their reading in a special themed Reading Buddies Journal. Each time they meet with their mentor at the library, the children stamp their accomplishment in the journal.


The older students, or “mentors” (entering grade 6 and up) experience helping a younger child, hone valuable work skills and are able to give back to the community as volunteers (a beneficial addition to future job and college applications).  Buddies and mentors get to know each other, form friendships, and have a rewarding, educational and fun time together.

Celebrate Our Readers

An end of season pizza party marks the close of the program. Buddies and mentors receive their participation certificates as well as an age and reading level appropriate new book to take home.