School-age literacy

Do you know a young reader who can use some practice and confidence in low-stress situation?

Book Buddies

Book Buddies offers young readers (K-5) an opportunity to read to a teen volunteer (Big Buddy) in a one-on-one session that is aimed at book enjoyment, not just reading fundamentals. Teen volunteers are instructed on how to support a child’s reading efforts and make reading time fun for a child. All reading abilities are welcome.


  • Buddies build friendships outside of their grade level.
  • Little Buddies learn that reading can be fun.
  • Little Buddies build self esteem and confidence in their reading abilities.
  • Little Buddies practice reading out loud and building fluency without the pressure of peers watching.
  • Big Buddies learn leadership skills.

Paws to Read

Paws to Read offers young readers (grade 1-5) an opportunity to read to a friendly dog that is 100 percent non-judgmental. All of our reading dogs are certified therapy dogs through Therapy Dogs International. All reading abilities welcome.



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