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About the Position
Position #: 15966
OrganizationKitchener Public Library
Position: Reading Buddy - Reading Buddies
Location: Central Library, 85 Queen Street North; Country Hills Library, 1500 Block Line Road; Forest Heights Library, 251 Fischer-Hallman Road; Grand River Library, 175 Indian Road; Pioneer Park Library, 150 Pioneer Drive
Impact Statement: Buddy Up for Literacy!
We invite you to share the joy of reading with a young student who has learned the fundamentals but needs practice. Volunteers are matched one-on-one with a Reading Buddy (grades 1- 4) to share stories, offer reading strategies and make reading fun on a weekly basis.
Description: Requirements
Excellent communication/interpersonal skills
Enjoy working with children of all ages; experience an asset
Positive attitude & able to work cooperatively with others
Work independently to complete tasks with minimal supervision
Excellent literacy skills & fluent in English
Able to Work in a busy environment; flexible

• Interact with the student in a friendly manner & establish a rapport
• Select suitable reading material, based on student's interest/reading level
• Read stories aloud with a clear speaking voice; encourage student to read aloud
• Provide positive support/offer different reading strategies to the student
• Explain reading concepts in a clear & concise way
• Handle a variety of attention/learning challenges in a positive manner
• Introduce the student to the resources available at the library
Requirements: English Proficiency, Confidentiality, Work Without Supervision
Training Details: Kitchener Public Library provides a Reading Buddy Handbook and an orientation on the first day of the program.
Working Conditions: Reading Buddies is held in a meeting room or children's area of the library.
Duration: 7 - 12 months
Timing: Weekday - Evening
Time Detail: Central Library | Mondays from 6:15pm to 7:15pm; 24 program nights between October 15 and May 6, 2019
Country Hills | Tuesdays @ 6-7 pm; 24 program nights between October 9 and May 7, 2019
Forest Heights | Wednesdays @ 6-6:45pm or 7-7:45pm; 24 program nights between October 10 - May 8, 2019
Grand River | Tuesdays @ 6-7pm; 24 program nights between October 9 and May 7, 2019
Pioneer Park | Thursdays @ 6:15-7:15pm; 24 program nights between October 11 and May 9, 2019
Special Event End Date: 2005-01-01
Age: 16+
Ideal for: An Individual
Transportation: On a bus route
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible entrance, Wheelchair accessible washroom, Designated accessible parking space, Support volunteers with special needs, Accessible work space
Area(s) of Interest: Children/Youth, Library/Research , Teaching/Tutoring
Skill(s): Coaching, Interpersonal Communication, Written Communication, Verbal Communication, Empathy
How to Apply
Application Link:
Email: Send an Email Message
Contact: Sherry Erb
Phone: 519-743-0271 Ext. 275
Address: 85 Queen Street N. Kitchener, N2H 2H1


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151 Frederick Street, Suite 500
Kitchener ON N2H 2M2

Phone: 519 742 8610
Fax: 519 742 0559

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Friday: 9 am - 12 pm