Reading Buddy Applications

It is time to apply for the Franklin Township Public Library’s 2015 Reading Buddies Program. This 6-week program takes place Monday evenings, at the Main Library in the Children’s Department (July 6 – August 10). Reading Buddies is a social program that promotes literacy through paired reading. Teens earn volunteer credit by helping young readers develop confidence in their reading and comprehension skills. Paired one hour reading sessions allow teens the opportunity to become mentors, and young readers the chance to make new friends while reading.

Applications are available now, but space is limited and participants are accepted on a first come, first serve bases.

Teen Buddies

  • Teen Buddies applications are available at the Adult Reference Desk
  • Teens entering 8th grade through 12th grade are eligible to apply to become volunteer Teen Buddies.
  • Teens MUST attend one of the training sessions prior to the start of the program:
    • Sunday, June 14th at 2:30 pm OR Tuesday, June 16th at 7 pm.
  • Teens MUST commit to attend at least FOUR sessions. They may attend more if they are available.
  • Monday evenings at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 6th – August 10th).
  • Sessions are either 6 – 7 pm or 7 – 8 pm.
  • Completed Teen Buddies applications are to be returned to the Adult Reference Desk.

Little Buddies

  • (Little Buddies applications are available at the Adult Reference Desk)
  • Children who are independent readers, entering 1st grade through 4th grade are eligible to apply to becomeLittle Buddies
  • Parents MUST commit to attend at least FOUR sessions. Children may attend more if they are available.
  • Monday evenings at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 6th – August 10th).
  • Sessions are either 6 – 7pm or 7 – 8pm.
  • Parents MUST remain in the Children’s Department area during the sessions.
  • Little Buddies are welcome to bring their own books to read. However, an assortment of books will be provided for them to use during the sessions.
  • Completed Little Buddies applications are to be returned to the Adult Reference Desk.

The deadline for ALL applications is Sunday, June 7, 2015

All accepted applicants will be notified by June 8th.

**Please note that this is NOT part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP)!Those enrolled in Reading Buddies are welcome to ALSO join our Summer Reading Program.

Participants in the Summer Reading Program receive prizes for all logged pages or hours of reading done during June 15 – August 31.

Little Buddies may log their Reading Buddies hours for SRP credit, and ALL school reading counts as well!!

Visit the Library’s website around June 15th to register:

  • Ages 4 – 10 “Every Hero Has a Story”
  • Ages 11 – 18 “Young Adults Escape the Ordinary”

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This Saturday is National Readathon Day.  Why?  Because millions of Americans still struggle with basic literacy.  40% of American adults are either at or below basic reading proficiency, and 14% are fully illiterate. But the trouble doesn’t stop there. Each year, millions of Americans — especially our youth — are losing touch with the power and importance of reading books. As Malcolm X said, “People don’t realize how a whole life can be changed by one book.”

Help change lives by celebrating National Readathon Day with Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation. Together with your support, we hope to help fund their efforts to educate, tutor, create and sustain a lifelong love of reading.

You can get involved by joining readers across America in a marathon reading session onSaturday, January 24. From Noon – 4 PM in our respective time zones, we will sit and read a book in our own home, library, school or bookstore.

Get started now by creating your own Firstgiving Fundraising page, and inviting friends and family to donate, or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

You can also create a fundraising team, enabling your community to fund raise together as a group to contribute to the National Book Foundation’s efforts to promote reading in America. Visit the Readathon Resources page for supporting materials and information on how to get started.

And be sure to share your experiences and photos using the hash tag, #timetoread!

If you’re on Goodreads, enter the challenge!  Don’t forget to log it in our Winter Reading program as well.

If you don’t want to give money, there are other ways to get involved like tutoring, volunteering, or making sure you pick up a book every now and then and that your friends do too.

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It’s safe to say that almost everyone has heard about Neil Gaiman.  He’s written comic books, books, movie scripts, the occasional TV script… and he seems, lately, to be everywhere.  He writes for all levels of readers, and he is quite prolific.  Three of his works are on our Staff Pick Bookmarks so far (Neverwhere, Stardust, and American Gods), and he is a widely respected and wildly popular fantasy author.

So why bring up a man who really doesn’t need any publicity to be a success?  Because he gave a fantastic speech at The Reading Agency‘s annual lecture about how important reading and imagination are. He also discusses how important libraries are, so of course we’re predisposed to like it.  Aside from this however, the speech is about the importance of literacy, imagination, and reading anything and everything which we fully support.  There have been studies that show that reading fiction is good for us, especially children, improving empathy and socializing skills.

If you want to know more about Neil Gaiman, he is all over the internet, and a prodigious Twitter user. You can also check out his pages on Facebook and Goodreads.com.

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Come join us for Family Story Time at the Franklin Park Branch on May 29th from 7- 7:45 PM.  Enjoy stories together while building language skills. For grades pre-K to third grade. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions.

No registration is necessary.

This event is held at the Franklin Park Branch located at 3391 Rte. 27, Franklin Park, NJ 08823.  Located in the Franklin Towne Center. 

For whatever reason, boys (generally speaking) don’t read as much as their female counterparts.  Happily, there are a growing number of resources dedicated to finding books for young(er) male readers, like Guys Read, Books 4 Boys, Best Books For Boys, Booksforboys.com, and Read Kiddo Read.   Some of them break up recommendations by what’s in them like dragons, aliens, at least one explosion, etc.  Book recommendations cover a wide range of ages from toddler through the teen years, so try some of these titles today.

Don’t worry, there are plenty of sites for girl readers too.  Like Empowering Books for Girls, A Mighty Girl, and Scholastic recommendations for girls.

Still having trouble convincing them to read? Why not try a book trailer?  It’s exactly like a movie trailer, but for books.  Drum up some excitement so they know what they’re reading will be action packed, or have dinosaurs, or what have you.  Try sites like Book Trailers for Readers or Slime Kids. You can always search for a particular books title + “book trailer”.  For example, you could type “green eggs and ham book trailer” into the search bar of Google, Bing, Yahoo or another search engine.

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