Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies is the Grande Prairie Public Library's summer program that pairs struggling readers who have just finished grades 1 to 3 with teen volunteers for a summer of reading, literacy activities, and general fun!

Application forms for Reading Buddies may be picked up from the Children's Information Desk at GPPL or downloaded here:

Child Registration Form [PDF - 85 KB]

Teen Volunteer Application Form [PDF - 78 KB]

Completed applications may be returned to the Children's Information Desk upstairs at GPPL.

Important Dates for 2018

  • Thursday, May 17 - Application forms will be available
  • Sunday, June 17 at 5:00 pm - Application deadline
  • Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28 - Training for volunteers
  • Tuesday, July 3 - Reading Buddies programs start
  • Saturday, August 25 - Reading Buddies programs end

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do teachers need to recommend children before they sign up for Reading Buddies?
    • The decision to submit an application is entirely up to children and their parents.
  2. Is my child guaranteed a spot in Reading Buddies if I submit an application form?
    • Applications are processed in the order of their arrival, and the total number of spaces available will depend on the number of teens who volunteer for the program.
    • The Reading Buddies Coordinator will contact parents to confirm registrations in the week following the application deadline.
  3. Will Reading Buddies teach my child to read English books?
    • Reading Buddies is intended to supplement existing English-language reading skills.
  4. Can my child participate in French?
    • We cannot guarantee that French-speaking volunteers will be available.
  5. My child is finishing grade 4+ but reading below grade level.  Can he/she register for Reading Buddies?
    • Reading Buddies is limited to children finishing grades 1 to 3.
    • For older children, we recommend participation in the Summer Reading Game and our other summer drop-in programs.

For any other questions or concerns, please contact Kristen at 780-357-7476 or readingbuddies@gppl.ca