Reading Buddies: at the library and in your school

The library has had a Reading Buddies program for many years. It is one of our core programs for children and it makes a real, measurable difference in the lives and literacy of young children. As literacy rates in Canada decline, it is more important than ever to foster a love of reading in children as early as possible. Reading Buddies programs, whether in the public library or your school, can be powerful tools that create positive experiences around reading and encourage children to embrace reading as a lifelong leisure activity. In this workshop, you will learn how the library runs this exciting program and hear testimonials of the impact it makes in the lives of the children, parents, and volunteers. You will also discover how running Reading Buddies in your own school could be simpler than you imagine and may benefit you as well as your students.

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Projector to attach laptop to.


11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
Room E402
Sullivan Heights Secondary School

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    Stephanie Baum

    Before becoming a librarian, Stephanie was a teacher for several years, working all over the lower mainland with a variety of grades and subjects. She then served as a children's librarian in several systems before accepting a position as the School Liaison Librarian for Surrey Libraries. This position has enabled her to bring her love of education and her understanding of the challenges teachers face into her work in libraries.

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