The Upper Merion Township Library hosted its annual Reading Buddy Celebration on the evening of June 4, 2019. The event honored all of the Big and Little Reading Buddies who actively participated in this literacy development program during the 2018-19 school year. Over 100 people came out to join in the fun.
The Reading Buddy Program was established by the Upper Merion Township Library almost 20 years ago as a community service effort to partner intelligent, older students (in grades 5 – 12) with motivated, emerging readers (in Kindergarten – 2nd grade) who could use some extra practice and encouragement with their reading. The older students meet with their assigned little buddy weekly one-on-one in the library for 30 minutes to practice reading aloud, work on pronunciation and comprehension skills, and enjoy books together.
The Reading Buddy Celebration provided a chance to officially thank all of our Big Buddies who have made the choice to spend their free time helping to instill a love of reading, books and the library in younger children within their community.
Reading Buddy group picture that shows all the big and little reading buddies in attendance at the event with UM Township Library program coordinator Sue Kirkpatrick (on right).
The Big Reading Buddies who were honored for their volunteerism were: Raizel Alli, Aksash Aruapalli, Adalyn Becker, Adam Belkin-Rosen, Meeval Biju, Anna Bobok, Roma Chaturvedi, Caitlin Cifaldi, Eliza Coull, Julia Curcio, Amy Dallas, Audrey Ehrlich, Daniel Fotzeu, Manuella Fotzeu, Alyssa Galban, Meghan Galban, Bryanna Hoisington, Shrija Krishnan, Purvia Chandra Kumar, Joy Lu, Jack Lutz, Bhavishya Malla, Sydney Marchese, Aishani Mehta, Saloni Mehta, Maha Moghal, Shiza Moghal, Simra Moghal, Devina Mondal, Kelly Moore, Brooke Myers, Momo Nakamura, Nana Nakamura, Sarah Perch, Sean Pearson, Alex Piscopo, Amanda Piscopo, Soledad Quainoo, David Rendon, Laura Rendon, Kiara Saha, Ishitaa Saxena, Megan Shields, Alok Shori, Ashley Sion, Tyler Sion, Srisha Srinivasan, Nicholas Tran, Kevin Wu, and Jenna Xue.
The celebration also provided an opportunity to recognize all of the library’s Little Buddies who have really improved their reading skills thanks to lots of practice, persistence and patience in working with their big buddy.
The Little Reading Buddies who were recognized for their reading progress were: Aadya Ade, Dhiya Adepu, Maya Amaranayaka, Yuvathi Ambethkar, Swarnim Arvapalli, Srinath Aripirala, Joseph Becker, Maliya Carey, Sai Devadeep, Giuliana Gallagher, Cecilia Grab, Jude Grab, An Huynh, Dang Huynh, David Ifagbuy, Vansh Jain, Joanna Kim-Maria, Joey Kim-Maria, Sofia Kletsoun, Anish Lakkoju, Charlee Maylie, Kaycee Maylie, Aahiludddin Mohammed, Arpit Mehta, Keya Mehta, Naomi Newman, James Nguyen, Myra Nohria, Elif Ozdemir, Payton Parker, Aahaan Patel, Ayaan Patel, Reyna Patel, Jasmine Phogat, Ashrith Pingili, Crystal Qiu, Gatla Reddy, Caleb Reed, Teaghan Rudegeair, Danny Russo, Haaniya Shakeel, Abhay Shrestha, Anika Singh, Aiden Staller, Devon Staller, Nolan Taylor, Yashar Tunagur, Alice Yang, Josephina Zelli, and Anna Zheng.
At the end of the celebration as a special treat for all reading buddies, the Dunkin Donuts staff held the fourth annual donut decorating contest. The winning entries were 12th grader Laura Rendon’s donut named Springtime and Kindergartener Naomi Newman’s donut called The Doughman. Their donuts will be recreated and sold this summer at the Dunkin Donuts store on West DeKalb Pike in King of Prussia, PA in honor of the Upper Merion Township Library. The library thanks Dunkin Donuts for their continued community partnership and support in Upper Merion.
Dunkin Donuts contest winner photo – Jinal Patel (left), Joe Kilroy (second to left) and Dunkin Donuts staff with Big Buddy winner Laura Rendon (front left) and Little Buddy winner Naomi Newman (front right).
If your child is interested in volunteering their time to help out as a big buddy or needs help with their emerging reading skills as a little buddy, please stop by the library to fill out an application. For more information on all of the exciting Upper Merion Township Library’s programs, events and Summer Reading Club activities, please call us on (610) 265-4806 or visit our website at http://www.umtownship.org/library.