Book Buddies is a weekly library program that brings children and teen volunteers together to share the joy of reading while also strengthening reading comprehension skills. No sign up required!
Book Buddies Reading Program
The program pairs teen volunteers (Big Buddies) with children in Grades 1st, 2nd and 3rd (Little Buddies) to assist young readers. Book Buddies allows young readers to practice reading out loud and provides support and encouragement to help build reading comprehension skills.
The Book Buddies Program meets once a week, every Wednesday from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM in the Children's Room.
For more information check out the FAQs below or contact the Children's Department at (631) 234-9333 ext. 6.
Is this a program to teach my child how to read?
Book Buddies is a way for children to build upon their already existing skills and practice reading out loud to a Big Buddy weekly. It is not intended to teach children how to read.
Big Buddies sit with the Little Buddies and listen to them read, offer assistance with sounding out difficult words, and offer new strategies to help them improve their reading.
Do I have to register or sign up?
No registration or sign up is required. Whether you are looking to be a Big Buddy or Little Buddy, all you need to do is show up!
Book Buddies meets every Wednesday at 5:00 PM in the Children's Room.
How often can my child attend?
Book Buddies meets every Wednesday from 5:00 - 6:00 PM. You can come every week or at a pace that works for your child and schedule.
You do not need to sign up ahead of time, so just stop by on a Wednesday that works for you!
How can I volunteer?
Teens in grades 7 - 12 can volunteer to become a Big Buddy and assist a younger child who is having difficulty with their reading. A librarian will show you the practices and techniques to use while working with the younger reader. Community service credit hours are available to teens who participate.
What do teen volunteers do?
Big Buddies sit with the Little Buddies and listen to them read, offer assistance with sounding out difficult words, and offer new strategies to help them improve their reading. A librarian will show you techniques to use while working with young readers.
Community service credit hours are available to those who participate.
For other teen volunteer opportunities, visit the Teen Volunteer Resources page.
Will community service hours be offered?
Yes, one hour of community service will be awarded to teens for each session of Book Buddies that you attend.