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Kids Buddy Up To Promote Reading At Keene Public Library

Young children and older teens and 'tweens interested in developing a love of reading need look no farther than the Keene Public Library. The program called “Book Buddies” pairs young rookie readers with trained veteran readers. Students entering Kindergarten, first, second, third, or fourth grade are encouraged to sign up now so that they can be matched with older students entering the fifth through the twelfth grade and adults. For four weeks starting July 6, 2017, these “Book Buddies” will meet regularly at the library to read, write, and talk about books. Meeting times are Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The “Big Buddy” mentors promote an interest in books, reading, and writing as well as encourage the “Little Buddy” to practice new reading skills at home. With the help of “Big Buddies,” young children will gain confidence in their reading and themselves while building an interest in books and a love of reading and writing. 

The library is currently recruiting both Little and Big Book Buddies. Applications are available in the Library's Youth Department. You can also download pdfs of both Little Buddy Applications and Big Buddy Applications. Big Book Buddies should plan on attending orientation. Orientation will be held on Thursday, June 29th at 3:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend this orientation, please contact us and we will try to schedule something else.

Little Buddies may be struggling with reading or they may just want a little extra help. Please provide as much information as possible so that we can match pairs according to schedule needs. Book Buddies may strike a chord with teens and 'tweens looking to do something especially meaningful this summer.  

This is the thirteenth year of the Book Buddy Program at the Keene Public Library. To get ready, the library has been beefing up its collection of beginning readers. Some of the popular themes for beginning readers are animals, comics, superheroes, and humorous books. 

Registration for Book Buddies has begun and will continue through June 29th. Participants will be notified as soon as possible.

For more information, please call Amy Kraemer at 603-352-0157.

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