Teen volunteers needed for reading programs

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

SHERMAN, TX -- The Sherman Public Library's summer reading program is so popular, they are having to turn kids away because they do not have enough volunteers. They are asking teens to share their time, and their stories with these students.

Some local teens spent their Wednesday afternoon storytelling and listening to young children read to them.

"It's really fun and you get to meet kids personalities and see how they react to older kids, and it's really nice to see them smile at you when you're done," said teen volunteer, Carly Weaver.

"Reading Buddies" is just one of many programs going on at the Sherman Public Library all summer. First through third graders can attend, but in order to keep the programs going, the library needs teen volunteers.

"There are always more young readers who would love to come to this program than we have teen volunteers to read with them," said children's librarian, Jennifer Cummings.

Cummings said teen volunteers also serve as role models.

"It's really just good practice for them over the summer. It keeps those reading skills fresh. The young readers just so look up to the teen volunteers, and they just think it's the coolest thing ever to get to read with them." Cummings

"It's really fun to get to meet the kids, and then be able to read with them and help them learn to read," said Weaver.

Volunteers can read to the young readers, help out with the craft classes, shelve books and do other volunteer work around the library. If you are 12 to 18 years old, and would like to volunteer, visit the Sherman Public Library to fill out a volunteer packet.

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