Reading is one of the foundations of overall literacy and helps inspire a love of lifelong learning. The Library has a number of resources to support struggling readers, and in 2017, redesigned one of its popular programs.

ConocoPhillips Reading Buddies pairs youth volunteers with struggling readers in Grades 1 through 3 to share books and play literacy games in a group setting. The six-week session sparks an interest in reading for the “little buddy” while providing opportunities for youth volunteers to develop mentoring and leadership skills.

Feedback from parents and staff has been very positive, with one parent leaving the following comment, “Thank you for offering this program at the Library. (I am) looking forward to enrolling my youngest son in the program to help him learn how to read. Thank you to all the student volunteers.”

Thank you, ConocoPhillips for helping to build a strong future for Calgary’s children through your generous support of the Calgary Public Library!

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