Help Children Improve Their Reading Skills

Learning to read is an essential developmental skill. The ability to read and comprehend reading material is paramount for not only a child’s education, but for success in daily life. Help children ages 5-11 years old, expand their vocabulary and strengthen their comprehension skills, so they may become strong confident readers.

  • Encourage the development of reading and comprehension skills through interactive activities, i.e. drawing pictures to visualize a story.
  • Develop strategies for learning new vocabulary while reading.
  • Engage reluctant readers through a variety of genres.
  • Use library resources to prepare reading materials and activities for children.
  • Promote the use of library resources by referring children to an on-staff specialist, when appropriate.
Required Skills
  • A strong commitment to working with children.
  • A friendly and approachable manner.
  • The ability to get along with a diverse group of children.
  • Knowledge of languages other than English is a plus.
Program Notes
  • Training is provided.
  • Volunteers are asked to make a minimum commitment of two hours per week, for a period of at least three months.
  • BPL will conduct an investigative background check on volunteers 18 and older, which may be used when considering a prospective volunteer's application.
  • Assist children in one-on-one or in small group reading sessions.