Caldwell Public Library's Virtual and In-Person Reading Buddy Volunteer Application
Thank you for your interest in being a Teen Reading Buddy for the Caldwell Public Library! This is a wonderful program that pairs YOU, a teen volunteer, with a child learning to read and/or developing their reading skills and interests. 

Before starting and to qualify as a Reading Buddy for the Caldwell Public Library, you must:
  • Be 13-18 years old AND in grades 7-12.
  • Live or go to school in Caldwell, West Caldwell, North Caldwell, or Essex Fells. 
  • Fill out this, the Caldwell Public Library Reading Buddy Application Form
  • Fill out the General Caldwell Public Library Teen Volunteer application (
  • Submit a Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, media specialist, or school advisor
  • Attend a Reading Buddy orientation meeting 
To Remain in Good Standing as a Reading Buddy,  all Active Reading Buddy Volunteers Need to:

Keep in contact with the Youth Services Librarian about your activity - especially if you take a break or decide to stop being a Reading Buddy.

Record ALL Reading Buddy Sessions on the Caldwell Public Library Teen Volunteer Log (Google Forms or Paper Log)
  • Reading Buddy volunteer time should be entered at the end of each session; it MUST be recorded at the end of each month. Volunteer time can not be estimated or back-dated for volunteer credit.
  • Volunteers who do not record /enter their volunteer time on the Caldwell Public Library's volunteer log will not have their volunteer time verified/confirmed 
Hold In-Person Sessions at the Caldwell Public Library's Temporary Location (24D Smull Ave.)
  • Sessions should be held at the Library's temporary location. 
  • Those with availability that does not match when we are open may still use alternate public locations
  • Sessions may sometimes need to be scheduled around the Library's other programming 
  • Options will still be available for those who prefer to meet virtually
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