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Partners in Reading @ the Carbondale Public Library

"Discovering the World, One Book at a Time" 


Partners in Reading is a free program for kids in grades 1-5, and a great volunteer opportunity for college students. Kids explore books and reading activities one-on-one with their reading partners (SIUC and other college students who join the Library Volunteer Corps). Partners select reading materials based on each child’s individual interests. 

The 8-week program runs each fall (October – early December) and spring (February – April). Each child may sign up for 1 hour per week. Sessions are held at Carbondale Public Library on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 or Thursdays from 4:30-5:30. 

  • To register a child or volunteer as a Reading Partner contact Volunteer Coordinator Patrick King: pking@carbondale.lib.il.us . (618) 457-0354, ext. 7.

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More Information: Partners in Reading is a free service sponsored by the Carbondale Public Library. This program's goal is to encourage and motivate children to love reading. Partners work individually with the readers. An informal interest inventory will help guide the partner in selecting the best materials for each child. Each week, various activities are used to foster a love of reading. They listen to books on tape, play reading games, learn how to use the card catalog, look at magazines, read aloud and discuss books. Lessons are flexibly organized to accommodate any immediate need or interest a child might have. Although this is not a tutorial project, many of the partners are education majors.

Students may register for the program by phone or in person. Each child may sign up for a one-hour session each week at the library.  The schedule can be arranged by the partner and the participant's parents. Each child will keep the same partner for the entire program barring any absences or conflict. Parents are welcome to relax and enjoy reading in the library during their child's lesson.

Literacy is vital to a child’s success in school and throughout an entire lifetime. Partners in Reading improves a child’s literacy and encourages a love of reading. A reading partner provides an opportunity to open the door to the wonderful world of books.

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