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Reading Buddies!

Do you know a young person in grades 1–3 who would like some reading practice during the summer?

Or do you perhaps know a student in grade 6 or higher who has a spare half hour per week this summer to help a younger student keep his or her reading skills sharp?

The Reading Buddies program at the Burnham Memorial Library starts on June 20!

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The program is designed to provide “buddies” to young readers who have completed kindergarten through third grade and offer them the opportunity to practice their reading during the summer. Students who read over the summer months are typically better prepared for school in the fall, and reading aloud helps children improve their language skills, gain confidence, and practice good communication.

The mentoring older students who are entering grade 6 and up experience helping a younger child, hone valuable work skills, and are able to give back to the community as volunteers (a beneficial addition to future job and college prospects). Buddies and mentors get to know each other, form friendships, and have a rewarding, educational, and fun time together.

If a fourth grader or fifth grader would like to participate but would rather read with a friend his or her own age, he or she could consider being a part of a pair or trio of mid-level readers called RB Friends. They can sign up together or be matched; they meet weekly and attend the celebration just like other participants.

Participants can register at the library’s website (http://colchestervt.gov/Library/) by Tuesday, June 17. Reading buddies participants/parents contact each other and set a time and place to meet; we recommend meeting at the library. Buddies should read to mentors, but mentors can also take a turn reading to buddies.


Would you like to see a flyer about the program? Please click here!


Dates to remember:

  • Tuesday, June 17—All buddies and mentors must register at the library website (http://colchestervt.gov/Library/) by June 17.
  • Thursday, June 19—Mandatory training for all mentors at at 7:00 p.m. at Burnham Memorial Library.
  • Friday, June 20—The Reading Buddies program officially starts. Buddies and mentors can pick up their match information.
  • Thursday, August 21—End-of-program pizza party with certificates and prizes!

If you have any questions, please contact Gizelle Guyette at gguyette@colchestervt.gov, or call 264-5666.

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