Book Buddies

Once kids progress beyond early elementary school, they are expected to read independently for information in every subject. Reading is the key to learning - in school and for life.


Does your child need practice reading aloud?
Try Book Buddies with the Library now available virtually and in-person. 


Virtual Book Buddies allows kids to read aloud to teens without having to leave home! Kids will be matched with teen volunteers and spend 30-60 minutes each week reading aloud on Zoom during the 8-week series. Recommended for students who have completed Kindergarten through 4th grade, though readers of any grade level looking for reading practice are welcome to apply.

Read aloud virtual sessions will take place each Monday night at 6:30 pm from June 6 - August 1.

An in-person option is available for Book Buddies! Kids will be matched with Teen Volunteers and spend 25 minutes each week reading aloud at the Spencer Road, McClay, or Corporate Parkway Branch (you must register for one of the locations - walk-ins will not be accepted for these events).
Each branch will host in-person Book Buddies one weekday evening in two sessions. Sign up for only one session!
Spencer Road Branch: Tuesdays, June 7- August 2

McClay Branch: Wednesday, June 8- August 3

Corporate Parkway Branch: Thursday, June 9- August 4


*Caregivers will be required to remain at the library while their children are reading.


Are you a TEEN who is interested in helping kids learn to enjoy reading?

Teen Volunteers can choose to participate VIRTUALLY or IN-PERSON. If you choose to apply, please indicate which you prefer on the Teen Book Buddies Volunteer Application - Summer 2022 or if you are able to do either option.

Teen Volunteers will be matched with a kid and:

  • spend up to 60 minutes with them as they read aloud on Zoom during the 8-week series


  • Spend a total of 60 minutes (split up into two 25-minute sessions) in-person at either the Spencer Road Branch on Tuesdays (at 6:00pm and 6:35pm), the McClay Branch on Wednesdays (at 3:30 pm and 4:05 pm), OR the Corporate Parkway Branch on Thursdays (at 6:00pm and 6:35pm)


Teens must attend training and commit to all weekly sessions for the entire 8-week period. Teens will earn up to 26+ volunteer hour credits.

Teens ages 12-18 can submit an application before May 22, 2022.

Teen Book Buddies Volunteer Application - Summer 2022

  • Teen applicants that are chosen for a brief interview on Zoom will be contacted before May 23, 2022.

  • Teen Training Sessions: If you are chosen to be a Book Buddies Volunteer you will be contacted via email, and the training slides and quiz will be sent to you.