Raising Readers in Story County

Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies is a free out-of-school literacy development program that utilizes trained volunteer tutors to provide individualized reading support sessions for enrolled participants. Participant decoding skills are assessed at the beginning of the program cycle and prescribed lesson plans are developed to address demonstrated student skill deficits. In addition, each session contains a shared reading component to apply new reading skills as well as provide a positive shared reading experience for both student and volunteer.

Reading Buddies is offered to children who are entering first and second grades (Exceptions may be made for 3rd graders demonstrating a high need for decoding skills instruction.) These 45 minute sessions are held twice a week and supervised by RRSC site facilitators. 


School year programs meet at the Ames Public Library, Northminster Church in Ames, North Grand Mall in Ames and Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada. All sites are available to the general public. 

Partner organizations meet at the following sites:  ACPC participants will meet at Northminster Church, Ames Boys & Girls Club members will meet at North Grand Mall, and Nevada Boys & Girls Club members will meet at Memorial Lutheran Church.

Summer Reading Buddies

Summer Reading Buddies is offered to students entering 1st and 2nd grade in the 2024-2025 school year.

Confirmed Sites: 

       Ames Public Library: Mondays and Wednesdays 

       June 3- July 17 | 1:15 or 2:15

Reading Buddies Student Application: Ames Public Library 

Please let us know when works best for your families by filling out the form below to set up our additional sites.

Reading Buddies Student Interest

Reading Buddies Volunteer Interest



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