Reading Buddies

The Scoville Memorial Library has started a "Reading Buddy" program to virtually support children with their reading. As the older "buddy," the volunteer will help a younger child practice their reading. The idea and the hope for the emerging readers is that connecting with another, older "kid" is a treat in itself, and that reading aloud to a "kid" is low-pressure. At the same time, the student volunteer (age 12-18)  serves as a reading mentor, demonstrating how to stay calm while reading and how to conquer reading difficulties. The buddy will ask questions about the text and have a basic understanding of assessing and helping with reading comprehension.

Requirements: Emerging readers are asked to be available for the program 45 minutes a week. Zoom meet-ups between volunteers and readers will be scheduled according to availability and that will be determined by your answers to this form.

Emerging readers are preferably Kindergarten-age through 3rd grade. If there are younger children who know the alphabet and want some reading practice, they will be considered according to volunteer availability!

Each emerging reader will be paired virtually with a lightly-trained volunteer buddy. They will meet for personalized reading sessions through the ZOOM platform to supplement literacy skills. As the program develops we will determine best practices for choosing hard copies or e-books, but for now we will be using a mixture of both. Initial caregiver help in choosing appropriate easy/difficult books to begin the sessions will be appreciated. These 45 minute sessions are held once per week and are hosted and supervised by library personnel.  

You will receive an immediate email confirming the submission of your application. If at any time you have questions, please contact
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Caregivers name *
Child's name *
Child's grade *
Has your child used Zoom before? *
What school does your child go to or is s/he homeschooled? *
What times is your child available? Each child will be matched to a buddy based on time availability. Specific timing details will be worked out once a match has been made. *
Questions or comments: *
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