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Vail Public Library’s Reading Buddies program slated to kick off on June 24

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Children enjoy last years Summer Reading Program at the Vail Library.

VAIL — Vail Public Library will begin offering a Reading Buddies Program later this month. This new program, making its debut on June 24, pairs trained teen volunteers (entering grades seventh–twelfth) with younger children (students entering grades first – third) in a shared reading experience. Reading Buddies will meet at the library once a week for six weeks to read, play games and do reading-related activities together. For the Little Buddies, the program offers a caring teen mentor to support and enhance their reading skills. Although Reading Buddies is not a tutoring service, it is a great opportunity for your child to have extra practice reading. Friendships may also be fused while reading together. The Little Buddies application is due June 11.

"Reading Buddies offers teens a great opportunity to make a difference in their community," said Children's Librarian Cricket Pylman. "We welcome teens to apply who love reading, enjoy working with younger kids and are excited about giving back to their community by way of volunteering their time."

Applications for Big and Little Buddies are available at the Vail Public Library. Stop by, call Pylman at 970-479-2179 or email at cpylman@vailgov.com to get your application.

Community-Wide Program

Reading Buddies has been a successful program in the Eagle Valley Library District since Dale Green, teen librarian at Eagle Public Library, started it in 2010. Vail Public Library is thrilled to participate in this community-wide program and to be able to offer another location in the valley for this fine program.

With the help of the Literacy Project of Eagle County, Vail Public Library will have a training session for Big Buddies the week before the program begins. Prospective Big Buddies need to submit an application by June 13 to be included in this program. Contact Pylman for an application and to receive more information about an interview and training.

Upcoming important dates

June 11: Little Buddy registration due (1-3 grades)

June 13: Big Buddy Registration due (7-12 grades)

Reading Buddies meets Tuesdays, June 24-July 29 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.