MRRL’s READING BUDDIES PROGRAM IS LOOKING FOR TEEN MENTORS

Tue, 04/10/2012
Contact Name: 
Christen Jackson
Contact Email: 
jacksonc@mrrl.org
Contact Phone: 
573-634-6064 ext. 247

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) is looking for teenagers who are willing to volunteer their time this summer to help a younger student improve their reading as part of the 2012 Reading Buddies program.
“Many times a child can be hesitant or uninterested about reading because they haven’t been able to find material that appeals to their interests,” said Angie Bayne, MRRL’s children’s librarian. “Teen mentors will not only help children select materials that are interesting to them but also appropriate for their current reading comprehension level.”
Bayne said that the library is currently recruiting teen volunteers from local middle and high schools in Jefferson City and the surrounding area. Teen volunteers must be between 12 and 18 years old and enjoy working with children. Applications must be postmarked by May 11.
The teen mentor application can be downloaded at www.mrrl.org.
Interested teens will be interviewed and, if chosen, will attend training to prepare for the program.
Mentors will encourage students to improve or maintain their reading skills throughout the summer. They will also assist with craft projects and play literacy games with their buddies each session.
“We want to make sure that the sessions are fun as well as educational for the children,” said Bayne. “Teen mentors will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and earn community service hours over the course of the program.”
Kindergarten through second grade students who are attending summer school in Jefferson City School District are eligible for the Reading Buddies program.
“Invitations will be sent to all eligible students attending summer school,” Bayne said. “If your child receives an invitation we would encourage you to enroll your child in the program.”
Students will attend one weekly session during June and July.
“Many times a child can be hesitant or uninterested about reading because they haven’t been able to find material that appeals to their interests,” said Bayne. “Teen mentors will not only help children select materials that are interesting to them but also appropriate for their current reading comprehension level. The goals of the program are to enhance the student’s desire to read; to show them that reading is fun; and to encourage their interest in reading.”
Funding for the MRRL Reading Buddies comes largely through a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act from the Missouri State Library.
For additional information on the program, contact Bayne at 634-2464 or baynea@mrrl.org.