Teens who like working with younger kids and need community service hours should consider joining the winter session of Reading Buddies at Coquitlam Public Library.
A paired reading program for kids and teen tutors, Reading Buddies starts in mid-February at CPL's City Centre and Poirier branches.
At the City Centre branch, meetings are on Wednesdays from Feb. 16 to March 16. At the Poirier branch, the program runs Thursdays from Feb. 17 to March 17.
Teens arrive at 3:30 p.m. and stay till 5 p.m. During this time, they spend about an hour with their little buddies - kids from Grades 1 to 4 - most of it reading, some of it participating in a group game or activity. The goal is to help the kids become better readers.
Teens must be 14 or older and in Grades 9 to 12. Application forms are available at the information desk in both branches and through the Coquitlam Public Library website (www.library.coquitlam.bc.ca). The application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 2. All volunteers must undergo a criminal record check after applying. The library will contact applicants with details.
For more information, call Chris at 604-937-4140, Ext. 208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPL's City Centre branch is located at 3001 Burlington Dr., at city hall, while the Poirier branch is at 575 Poirier St.