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Meet Our Volunteer Ricky!

by Katie R - 0 Comment(s)

Say Hi to Ricky!

Ricky is one of our superstar Reading Buddies volunteers. Not only has he volunteered for two years with the program, but he was also a Reading Buddies participant when he was younger. "I loved it so much that I came back!"

The Calgary Public Library's Reading Buddies program pairs youth volunteers with children in grades 1-3 to help them develop a life-long love of reading and confidence in their literacy skills.

Ricky enjoys volunteering for Reading Buddies because it is an entertaining and enriching program. As an aspiring teacher this program allows him to work with children and develop their reading abilities. Ricky takes time and care with each of his little buddies, knowing each child is unique in their strengths and interests.

He believes that volunteering is valuable not only for yourself but for your community. "Every volunteer has a meaningful impact on the community, creating a network of support and strengthening the structures of a community each time they decide to give up a bit of their time."

Without volunteers like Ricky, the Reading Buddies program would not be as successful as it is now. Thank you so much for giving up a bit of your time every week. Your hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm make you a valuable member of Calgary Public Library’s volunteer team!

To learn more about becoming a Reading Buddies volunteer please call Jody Watson at 403-221-2062.

Meet three of our Reading Buddies volunteers!

by Katie R

Meet Emma!

Emma is an energetic and devoted volunteer who likes to give back to the community by participating in the Reading Buddies program. She fell in love with the program after her very first session where she helped her shy little buddy improve his reading skills and explore different genres of books. “My favourite part of Reading Buddies is going out into the library and choosing books because I can hear the improvement when the little buddies read aloud and choose new book topics.”

Emma found helping children discover a love for reading a very rewarding experience and has been a Big Buddy for over a year.

Without volunteers like Emma the Reading Buddies program would not be as successful as it is now. Emma, thank you so much for all the hard work and enthusiasm you bring with you ever time you come to Reading Buddies!

Meet Kiran!

Kiran has been a volunteer with the Calgary Public Library since the summer of 2011 and over the past year and a half she has since volunteered for every youth volunteer program and countless special events! She enjoys volunteering because she considers it to be a unique opportunity that contributes to her self-esteem and confidence. It also helps her build leadership skills and life experience. “I think putting a little time in for volunteering and gaining some valuable skills whether personal or practical is a good asset for the future. Giving back to the community makes you feel accomplished in a way.” Kiran’s favourite part of volunteering for Reading Buddies is the mentorship aspect of the program and sharing great books with her Little Buddies.

Thank you Kiran, for your flexibility, enthusiasm and teamwork! You are a truly valuable member of the Calgary Public Library’s team of youth volunteers!


Meet Richard!

Richard comes from a long line of dedicated Reading Buddies volunteers. He has been participating in the program for over 2 years and genuinely enjoys working with his Little Buddy, whoever that may be. This session, Richard has fostered a strong bond with his buddy and the pair can be seen during buddy reading time having more fun with books than anyone else in the library. Richard always has a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone, endearing him to both the Little Buddies and fellow volunteers. He goes the extra mile by sharing treats with the group, fostering the fun and welcoming environment that Reading Buddies strives to provide for participants and volunteers.

Thank you Richard for your dedication and hard work! Volunteers like you are what make Calgary Public Library such a great place to be!

To learn more about volunteering for the Reading Buddies program and other youth volunteer opportunities please contact Katie at 403-221-2036 or katie.radke@calgarypubliclibrary.com.

Be a Reading Buddy

by Christine P - 0 Comment(s)

Bring stories to life for students in Grades 1 to 3!

Photo by: Ted Rhodes, for Calgary Herald Neighbours

Are you a teen who wants to volunteer at the Library?

Reading Buddies encourage children to read, offer a supportive environment to develop strong literacy skills, and most importantly, make reading fun!

We are currently looking for Reading Buddies at the following locations and times:

Alexander Calhoun Library

Thursdays January 26th, to March 22nd; 4:00 to 5:15 pm

Glenmore Square Library

Tuesdays January 24th, to March 20th; 6:15 to 7:30 pm

Memorial Park Library

Tuesdays January 24th, to March 20th; 4:00 to 5:15 pm

Shagnappi Library

Tuesdays January 24th, to March 20th; 4:30 to 5:45 pm

If you are interested in signing up for this program, please contact Tammy at 403-221-2062, or Kim at 403-260-2709 today!

Reading Buddies

by Christine Pinkney - 0 Comment(s)

Photo by: Ted Rhodes, for Calgary Herald Neighbours

Click here to read the Calgary Herald's article featuring our Reading Buddies program.

Dates for our fall programs are listed below and registration for the little buddy participants begins August 30th, 2011.

Alexander Calhoun

Bowness

Central

Country Hills

Crowfoot

Fish Creek

Forest Lawn

Glenmore Square

Nose Hill

Shaganappi

Shawnessy

Signal Hill

Southwood

Thorn-Hill

Village Square

Village Square

Thursdays, Oct 20 to Dec 8

Mondays, Oct 17 to Dec 5 (no class Oct 10)

Saturdays, Oct 22 to Dec 10

Wednesdays, Oct 19 to Dec 7

Thursdays, Oct 20 to Dec 8

Tuesdays, Oct 18 to Dec 6

Tuesdays, Oct 18 to Dec 6

Tuesdays, Oct 18 to Dec 6

Tuesdays, Oct 18 to Dec 6

Tuesdays, Oct 18 to Dec 6

Mondays, Oct 17 to Dec 5 (no class Oct 10)

Wednesdays, Oct 19 to Dec 7

Thursdays, Oct 20 to Dec 8

Saturdays, Oct 22 to Dec 10

Sundays, Oct 16 to Dec 4

Sundays, Oct 16 to Dec 4

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

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6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering as a big buddy for Reading Buddies, fill out our volunteer application form.

Bring stories to life for students in Grades 1 to 3!

Great Kids in our Midst

by Christine Pinkney - 0 Comment(s)

It’s not too often that a young Calgarian gets to shake hands with our Premier. At the Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom on October 16th, Aminah Farzana got to do just that.

Aminah was one of 16 recipients from around the province (and one of just four in her age category) to receive a Great Kids Award for 2010. These Awards are given by the Government of Alberta to recognize youth who demonstrate compassion, determination, courage, generosity, and strength of spirit. (You can learn more about the Great Kids Awards here and watch a video of the ceremony here.)

A frequent volunteer with the Calgary Public Library, Aminah was a natural choice for this nomination and we are so pleased she was selected as a winner! She’s made quite an impact on the world around her already.

Aminah came to Canada at the age of seven. Returning to Bangladesh at age ten for a visit, Aminah was struck by the poverty there. "This experience made me thankful to be in Canada, because although my mom was from a middle class family, my dad grew up in a very poor family. My dad managed to break the cycle of poverty through education, and he inspired me to take education more seriously. Now, I'm a firm believer of 'the pen is mightier than the sword' and I hope to engage myself in a profession that will allow me to give back to the society that I am a part of, and that is part of me."

The Library has four programs supported by youth volunteers, and Aminah has volunteered with all four. She has been a technology coach for young children and seniors alike, tailoring lessons to differing ages and skills levels. A self-described "big fan of books", Aminah has shared this fondness with younger readers. More recently, she has led engaging activities for her newcomer peers, encouraging them to develop their spoken English in ESL Teen Talk.

Throughout her volunteer career, Aminah has had a hand in opening the door to new worlds of education, inspiration, and enjoyment.She has found volunteering to be beneficial for herself as well as those she helps. "The hours I put into volunteering give me a sense of fulfillment because I'm doing something productive by helping others."

Aminah's contributions don't stop there. Active in her school community, Aminah is a valued member of the Social Justice Club. Her commitment to thoughtfully living her values, sharing her views respectfully, and hearing others with the same respect, has made an impression on her teachers and fellow students. Her Social Studies teacher has this to say:

“Over the course of the last two years, Aminah has become an active citizen trying to raise awareness and arouse action in relation to her passion for ending discrimination and prejudice. In particular, she spearheaded and spent countless hours on a ‘Safe Classrooms’ campaign in which she designed, created and then posted ceiling-to-floor posters which depict the various religions, ethnicities, gender and sexual identifications represented at our high school. This visible demonstration against the marginalization of minorities got students and teachers alike talking about who makes up our communities and what it means to be a global, engaged citizen.”

Along with a sleek statue for her memento shelf, Aminah received a new IBM ThinkPad laptop, a gift certificate for her and her family to enjoy the attractions at West Edmonton Mall, and other gifts.

Congratulations, Aminah!!