Reading Buddies program offers fun, learning in Avon, Eagle and Gypsum |

Reading Buddies program offers fun, learning in Avon, Eagle and Gypsum

Trexler Hirn assists Little Buddy Tyler Losa in choosing a book to read.
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Weekly Reading Buddies schedule:

Avon Public Library: Wednesdays, Oct. 1-Nov. 19, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Eagle Public Library: Tuesdays, Sept. 16-Nov. 4, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Gypsum Public Library: Tuesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 4, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

EAGLE COUNTY — The Reading Buddies Program, a collaboration between the Literacy Project of Eagle County and the Eagle Valley Library District, pairs teen volunteers with younger children (students in grades first through third grade) for an hour of one-on-one shared reading once per week for eight weeks.

Big Buddies (teen mentors in grades nine through 12) receive training at the beginning and throughout the session. In addition to helping a younger child read, teens are granted the opportunity to develop leadership, problem-solving and communication skills. Teen mentors practice choosing appropriate books and materials, as well as, positive reinforcement techniques for helping a Little Buddy. Reading Buddies is a great experience for students to feature on resumes and college applications.

Little Buddies are emerging readers, struggling readers and those who love to read. The program gives the Little Buddies extra reading practice with a caring, trained mentor in a fun and creative environment.

The buddy pairs take turns reading, play literacy games and take part in group activities. Buddy pairs enjoy creating silly sentences using the parts of speech, learn new words with Bananagrams and tell tales with Story Cubes. In a group, students share elements enjoyed from stories read and goals for future sessions.

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Interested families of children in grades one through three are invited to the Avon Public Library on Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for an open house to learn more about the program and apply.

A Big Buddy mentor training will take place on Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. This interactive group session will allow Big Buddies to practice techniques for working with Little Buddy readers, as outlined in the training handbook.

For more information, contact Cathy in Avon at 970-949-6797, Dale in Eagle at 970-328-8800 or Nicole in Gypsum at 970-524-5080.

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