Paging new participants – Reading Buddies applications due Jan. 23

Novice readers looking for a little extra help and volunteer 'Big Buddies' invited to sign up for program

Without the ability to read, life can be a struggle.

Helping children receive the support they need to become successful readers is critical and that is why the Reading Buddies program was created.

Reading Buddies is a fun, stress-free way for struggling young readers to improve their literacy skills and reading confidence with the help of a high school mentor.

Big Buddies and Little Buddies meet for one hour each week in the City of Langley Library, Walnut Grove Library and the Aldergrove Library to practice reading.

“Our hope is to provide extra community-based support for children who are struggling. It is essential that emerging readers receive support at this age so they can reach their full potential” said Kailey Erickson, literacy outreach co-ordinator.

“We also know that spending time with a buddy is important for both Big Buddies and Little Buddies. It’s a great mentorship opportunity for a secondary school student, and it means the world to a Little Buddy to spend that one-on-one time reading with a teen.”

The application deadline for both Big and Little Buddies who would like to participate in the program is Jan. 23. Application forms are available at participating libraries.

This program is delivered in partnership with the Fraser Valley Regional Library and the Langley Literacy Network.

For more information please contact the Langley literacy outreach co-ordinator at 604-217-2642 or kailey@encompass-supports.com.