You can help a child improve their reading skills & gain confidence as a reader.
A reading buddy is a volunteer who loves reading and enjoys spending time with kids.
The Reading Buddy Program pairs volunteers, as mentors, with elementary school students.
As a reading buddy, you meet with a student once per week for 8 weeks to read together one-on-one and foster a love of reading.
Friday, March 27, 9–10:30am
Friday, Jul 17, 5–6:30pm
Saturday, Jul 25, 9–10:30am
Check our events calendar for upcoming Reading Buddy Orientations.
For questions about volunteer orientation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Our Brentwood teachers really appreciate having another resource for students who need additional help in reading. My teachers have shared with me how impressed they are with the Reading Buddy Program and its volunteers. Not only do kids love meeting with their reading buddy, they are also making steady gains in language arts and reading. I feel truly blessed to have this partnership with Spokane County Library District.”
–Justin Valentine, Principal, Brentwood Elementary
Central Valley School District: Broadway, McDonald, and Progress Elementary Schools
Cheney School District: Salnave Elementary School
East Valley School District: Otis Orchards and Trent Elementary Schools
Mead School District: Brentwood Elementary School
West Valley School District: Pasadena Park Elementary School
If you are a parent or guardian of an elementary student and are looking to learn more, visit our Reading Buddy Program page.
Spokane County Library District has been fortunate to attract wonderful volunteers. When individuals invest their time and skills by volunteering at the library, they also invest in their community.
Studies have shown that there are health benefits to volunteering as well, including reducing your stress levels and staying physically and mentally active, which may help you live longer (Mayo Clinic, Help Guide).
Whether you prefer to be behind the scenes or in a visible role, whether you prefer to work alone or as part of a team, your love of the library may make it the ideal place to volunteer.
While there are a limited number of volunteer opportunities available at our libraries at any given time, we make an effort to place as many applicants as possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that we will have an opportunity for all volunteer applicants.
Generally, Spokane County Library District is not able to accommodate court-ordered community service. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Executive Director.