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Virtual Reading Buddy

Virtual Reading Buddy

Kitchener Public Library

   About the Position

Impact Statement
Our Reading Buddy program provides students in Grades 2 to 4 an opportunity to practice their reading in a fun and supportive learning environment. As a Reading Buddy, you will encourage reluctant readers to read aloud, offer reading strategies when needed, and play literacy-based games. Reading Buddies want to share their love of reading with children and are able to provide children with fun, safe learning space.
This program is hosted on Zoom by a staff member; volunteers will participate in group games and be put into break out rooms so that they can read one-on-one with their little buddy.

What we're looking for:
Fluent in English; excellent literacy skills
Access to computer, or other device to facilitate video sessions
Eager to use technology
Comfortable initiating conversations with children
Able to explain reading strategies and ideas clearly
Works well independently; manages time well and proactive
Is flexible and open to new ideas and situations
Patient and able to adapt to the needs of the children
Contributes to creating a fun and safe learning space

What you'll do:
Download online books from select databases
Interact with children in a friendly manner; build a positive rapport
Read together; play literacy-based games and activities
Explain reading strategies and concepts when needed
Provide positive encouragement
Handle attention or learning challenges in a positive manner
Has a KPL library card that is current and in good standing

Position Qualifications

Ideal for: An Individual
Age: 15+

COVID-19 Vaccination Required: Yes

Area(s) of Interest: Children/Youth, Library/Research

Skill(s): Customer Service, Interpersonal Communication, Communicate in Plain Language, Written Communication, Verbal Communication

Training / Work Condtions

Training Details: Reading Buddy orientation session; mandatory attendance (scheduled in September)
Reading Buddy Manual and Volunteer Handbook provided
Working Conditions: Virtual from home
Transportation: NONE Needed

Time Commitment

Duration: 7 - 12 months
Weekday - Evening
One weekday evening from 6:15 - 7:15pm; day of the week will be confirmed shortly.

   Contact Information
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Sherry Erb
519-743-0271 Ext. 222
85 Queen Street North Kitchener, N2H 2H1
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