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Reading Buddies (Youth Opportunity Grades 7-12)


Bring stories to life for students in Grades 1 to 3!

Reading Buddies encourage children to read, offer a supportive environment to develop strong literacy skills, and most importantly, make reading fun!

Program Goals

Reading Buddies is designed:

  • To provide a safe and friendly environment for young students to experience the magic of reading
  • To enhance the reading interest of struggling readers
  • To provide a fun library experience
  • To provide an opportunity for youth volunteers to develop mentoring skills
  • To increase awareness and use of library resources, services and programs

Length of the program

  • 1.5 hour sessions for 8 weeks in the Fall/Winter
  • 1.5 hour sessions over 5 consecutive days (Monday-Friday) in the Summer

Volunteer Qualification

  • Volunteers will be junior or high school students (grade 7 – grade 12)
  • Volunteers will be reliable, have a positive attitude, and good literacy level
  • Enjoy working with children
  • Volunteers will be good role models

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Attend volunteer orientation session
  • Be a good role model for their buddy
  • Follow the guidelines set out by the program coordinators
  • Ensure that the participants have an enjoyable learning experience

Program Locations

  • Alexander Calhoun
  • Bowness
  • Central
  • Country Hills
  • Crowfoot
  • Fish Creek
  • Forest Lawn
  • Glenmore Square
  • Nose Hill
  • Saddletowne
  • Shaganappi
  • Shawnessy
  • Signal Hill
  • Southwood
  • Thorn-Hill
  • Village Square

Reading Buddies Contact:

Jody Watson Email: Phone: 403-221-2062

Brin Bugo Email: or

Caroline Moynihan Email: Phone: 403-260-2709

If you are interested in volunteering for the Reading Buddies program, please apply here.