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The Power of Two

by: 
Julia

Research has shown that teaming up your kiddo with a reading buddy who’s just a little bit older (and therefore much much cooler than mom or dad) could be just the thing needed to mend a not-so-keen-about-reading mindset and improve reading ability. 

A teacher in Oregon carried out a study called The Power of Two in 1999. Through pairing kids with older peers, a group of sixth graders improved their reading ability by 2.5 years with just 15 hours of reading buddy time! Some students who only had five hours of contact still gained the equivalent of a year and a half in their reading ability.

The Denver Post recently published an article about our Reading Buddy Program. They interviewed a happy parent who’s already given the program a try, as well as one of our enthusiastic teen volunteers. 

If you have a reluctant reader, or think your child would benefit from some extra reading time with someone outside of the home or school environment, then bring them to Belmar Library's Reading Buddies program. We pair kids with a buddy from The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver's Torch Club. They select an interesting book together, read to each other, and talk about the book afterwards. There’s also fun games and crafts too!

1 – 3 p.m., Tuesdays June 13 – July 25

Suitable for: Kids of all ages, including English (ESL) learners

Location: Belmar Library