WHAT IS THE READER LEADER PROGRAM?
The Reader Leader Program is a peer tutoring program that matches elementary school children entering 1st to 5th grades (READERS) with middle or high school students (LEADERS) for one-on-one reading sessions.
The program takes place during a six week period in the summer at both the the Main Library and the Grand Avenue Branch Library.
Readers are children who are below grade level in their reading skills.
Readers come to the program through the suggestion of their teachers or their parents. The library distributes flyers about the program to teachers at the local public and parochial schools. Teachers can refer children to the program who need extra practice with reading skills. Many parents become aware of the program through visits to the library or by word of mouth.
Leaders are recruited through flyers sent to the local middle and high schools. Leaders might also find out about the program through a visit to the library or from a friend.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE READER LEADER PROGRAM?
The Reader Leader Coordinators train the Leaders in a two hour training session. The Leaders are asked to commit to six hours of working with a younger student. This is usually done once a week for six weeks. The reading partners meet one hour weekly.
The Leader selects a child to work with (a READER) from the file of Reader applications. The Leader will call the Reader’s parent to arrange a meeting at the Main or Grand Avenue Library during designated time periods.
A Children’s Librarian and a Learning Specialist are the Reader Leader coordinators and oversee the meetings and check on the progress of the Reader Leader pair.
HOW CAN I APPLY TO THE READER LEADER PROGRAM?
Readers: Parents are asked to complete a registration form. They may be asked to attend a Parent Information Evening to learn more about the program. The Parent Information Evenings are offered at both libraries in late May or early June.
Leaders: First time Leaders must attend a training session at the Main Library or Grand Avenue Branch Library in June. Returning Leaders may fill out an application available at either library in June.