The libraries of the Eagle Valley Library District and The Literacy Project of Eagle County are collaborating to offer a fall session of Reading Buddies, a free reading enrichment program at the Avon, Eagle and Gypsum Public Libraries. The Reading Buddies program pairs trained teen volunteers entering grades 9-12 with a younger child (students entering grades 1-3). Reading Buddies meet up once a week at the libraries to read, play games and do reading-related activities.
"The Reading Buddies program is designed to give kids extra reading practice one-on-one with a caring, creative teen mentor," says Dale Green, who specializes in services for teens at the Eagle Public Library. "All of our teen volunteers receive training to be a Big Buddy, and one of their primary goals is to make the reading experience fun for their Little Buddy."
Green started the Reading Buddies program at the Eagle Public Library in the summer of 2010. Since then, the program has expanded to all three of the Eagle Valley Library District libraries, boosting hundreds of young readers.
The Reading Buddies program is also a great way for teens to give back.
"Typically, Big Buddy volunteers are teens who love reading, enjoy working with younger children, and want to make a difference with the youth in their own communities," Green said.
All teen volunteers will receive training both before and during the program. For more information on becoming a Big Buddy or Little Buddy, contact your local library. The fall semester of Reading Buddies is as follows:
Avon Public Library (970-949-6797): Wednesdays, Oct. 10-Dec. 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Eagle Public Library (970-328-8800): Mondays, Oct. 15-Dec. 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m. OR Tuesdays, Oct. 16-Dec. 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Gypsum Public Library (970-524-5080): Thursdays, Now-Nov. 8, 4-5 p.m.
Reading Buddies is a partnership project between the Eagle Valley Library District and The Literacy Project of Eagle County.