Reading Together

Student and tutor participating in Read with Me program at the Saint Paul Public Library

Reading Mentoring for Saint Paul Students Grades 1-5

The Reading Together mentoring program nurtures a child's pleasure in reading while bolstering the skills needed to read at grade level. Participating students attend weekly, one-on-one reading sessions with a trained volunteer.

Who May Apply

Students in grades 1-5 who live in or attend school in Saint Paul and who have a teacher's recommendation may apply to the program. Students who are reading just below grade level may apply.

Student Application

The student application will be available in libraries beginning September 6, 2016. A completed application includes the signed teacher's recommendation and the information completed by the family.

Student and Parent Commitment

Reading mentoring is scheduled when the library is open and Saint Paul Public Schools are in session, Monday through Thursday 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and on weekends. Parents are expected to ensure that students arrive on time at the library and attend weekly sessions during the 2016-2017 school year. Parents are also expected to remain in the library while their child is being tutored.

For more information about Reading Together: Contact Matthew Metzdorf or call 651-266-7437.

Volunteer Reading Mentors

Reading Together mentors meet weekly for one hour with a first through fifth grade student. All reading mentoring takes place at a Saint Paul Public Library location.

The mission of the Reading Together program is to foster enjoyment in reading while boosting reading skills. Reading Together mentors must be proficient in reading and writing as well as have a keen interest in helping children succeed. Reading mentors must be at least 16 years old and are asked to commit to meet one hour per week throughout
the school year. Three hours of free training is required. The library will conduct background checks on all reading mentors.

To volunteer, please download an application, visit a Saint Paul Public Library location or call 651-266-7437.