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 and paired with a child (grades 1-3) to help them become a stronger reader.  


Each week, Big Buddies will spend 1.5 hours with one or more Little Buddies, who drop-in to read and engage in literacy games.


Volunteer spots are limitedOnce 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 must commit to attending all 4 sessions with their little buddy. 


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 Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 1:45pm.


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

For questions about Reading Buddies, please contact Laura Buck at or (303) 791-7323.


Philip and Jerry Miller Library in Castle Rock: Summer 2024 Reading Buddies Sessions 1:45pm – 3:45pm.

  • Tuesday, June 18
  • Tuesday, June 25
  • Tuesday, July 2
  • Tuesday, July 9

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

  • Tuesday - Afternoon, Evening


Welcome to The Philip & Jerry Miller Library located at:

100 S. Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Volunteer opportunities include assisting with library events, shelving library materials, processing items for our Second Chapter Bookstore, Reading Buddies, and more!