Reading Buddies - Teen Reading Buddies Application - Summer 2024


Are you interested in mentoring a younger child and being their Reading Buddy? 


Teen volunteers (ages 13-18) who love to read and enjoy working with children may apply to be Big Buddies in our Reading Buddies program. Each selected Big Buddy will be trained to read and play literacy games with early readers of various ages to make reading fun, helping them get practice and gain confidence. 


Each week, Big Buddies will spend an hour and a half with one or more Little Buddies, who drop in to read and engage in literacy games. 


Volunteer spots are limited.  Once your application is received, it will be reviewed by a Youth Librarian. Applying for this volunteer opportunity does not guarantee a position. You will be contacted for the next step in the process.  If selected as a Big Buddy, volunteers should be able to attend all 4 sessions. 


The application deadline is May 31, 2024.  


For the volunteers who are selected as big Reading Buddies, there will be a required volunteer orientation and training session on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 8:00 am.


Volunteers will also receive weekly support from library staff and peers. 

For questions about Reading Buddies, please contact Paige Ochoa at 


Parker Summer 2024 Reading Buddies sessions 08:00am – 12:00 pm  

  • Wednesday, June 12 
  • Wednesday, June 26  
  • Wednesday, July 3
  • Wednesday, July 10  

If selected as a big buddy, you must be available on these dates. You will also be able to select alternative locations/sessions in the application form.


IMPORTANT: You will receive information and updates regarding selection for this session, including a possible invitation to an interview, so please check your email for notifications. 


Applying for this volunteer opportunity does not guarantee a position. You will be contacted for the next step in the process. 


Cancellation Policy: Please let us know right away if you need to cancel due to an emergency or illness. Due to the difficulty of securing last-minute volunteer help, Douglas County Libraries normally requests a minimum of 4 days notice if you are unable to attend.  


Qualifications Required

  • What is your age range? Must be at least 13 years or older

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - All Day
  • Tuesday - All Day
  • Wednesday - All Day
  • Thursday - All Day
  • Friday - All Day
  • Saturday - All Day
  • Sunday - All Day


Welcome to Douglas County Libraries in Parker, located at:

20105 East Mainstreet
Parker, CO 80138

Volunteer opportunities here include: shelving, bookstore, and many year-round events and series in which we value your help.