READING BUDDIES is a literacy development program that builds skills and confidence in young readers by pairing them with responsible, older students for weekly reading practice together at the library. Reading Buddies is NOT a tutoring program to teach children how to read. This program focuses on mentorship and reading practice.
BIG BUDDIES are strong students in grades 5th – 12th who like children, enjoy reading, and are willing to read one-on-one with a Little Buddy for 30 minutes weekly at the library. This volunteer option provides great leadership, community service, and mentoring experience for middle & high schoolers as they help improve the confidence of a young reader!
To become a Big Reading Buddy, fill out the Big Buddy application form and look for an email from our Reading Buddies coordinator!
LITTLE BUDDIES are emerging readers in Kindergarten – 2nd grade who are paired with a Big Buddy to practice their developing reading skills. The Big and Little buddy will enjoy reading fun books aloud together for 30 minutes weekly while also working on improving pronunciation and comprehension skills.
To become a Little Reading Buddy, fill out the Little Buddy application form and look for an email from our Reading Buddies coordinator!
Write & Illustrate Your Own Book Contest
Do you dream of becoming a writer? Here is your chance to get published! Enter Upper Merion Township Library’s Annual Write & Illustrate Your Own Book Contest!
Make sure to follow all contest rules.
What is Junior Friends?
Students in 5th – 8th grades who are interested in community service projects can join the Junior Friends of the Library.
The Junior Friends:
- assist Township Librarians in the Children’s Department
- participate in programs
- run book sales to raise money
- participate in the Reading Buddy program
- write book reviews
- have fun!
Volunteers may pick and choose to help with one or all of these tasks. This is a great group for students to join who are interested in fulfilling community service requirements in a fun and meaningful way.
If you would like to join the Junior Friends of the Library, register for a meeting by visiting our Event Calendar! If you have any questions, please call the library at (610) 265-4805.