Reading Buddies

What is Reading Buddies?

Reading Buddies is a program where teens and children are paired up for one-on-one reading in a safe, fun and friendly environment. The goals of this program are to provide children with extra reading practice and to provide teens with leadership skills and an opportunity to engage with the community. 

Children must be starting grade 2, 3 or 4; teens must be entered in grade 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12.

Reading Buddies rotates through Burnaby Public Library locations. In 2020, Reading Buddies will be offered in the winter at both the McGill branch and Metrotown branch. For details on a specific location please click on the links below. For general details on the Reading Buddies program, please continue reading this page. 

How to Apply?

You must apply separately for each Reading Buddies location. Download the application form and return the completed form to the Information Desk at any BPL branch. You may also scan or take a mobile picture of your application and email it to

  • Reading Buddies at McGill: Tuesdays at 4:00 - 5:30 pm, February 11 - March 10, 2020.  FULL
  • **SECOND SESSION ADDED**Reading Buddies at Metrotown: Tuesdays at 4:00 - 5:30 pm, March 31 - April 28.
    email for waitlist

What qualifications do I need to be a Teen Reading Buddy?

  • In grade 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Patience and enthusiasm
  • Strong English-language skills and an ability to communicate well
  • A willingness to work and cooperate with fellow teens and coordinators
  • Must be available for all five sessions of the program
  • Resident of Burnaby (No residents of other municipalities can be accepted)

Will I be trained as a Reading Buddy?

Training will be provided. Successful applicants are expected to attend training. Ongoing training will be provided at each session as needed.

If you have any questions, email the Teen Services Librarian, Andrea Lukic, or call or text 604-314-2480.