Leading Readers

We got you, parents

We know it can be overwhelming finding ways to help your child with their reading. Experience has shown us a thing or two, and Leading Readers is our way to be a part of your child’s support team.

Where to start

  1. Read about our Leading Readers program below.
  2. Register for our up coming session.
  3. Talk with us, ask questions. 

Fall Sessions 2022

More locations will be added in late August and early September.

Alderney Gate
Sundays, 1:45 - 3:15 PM
October 2 - December 11
To register, drop into the library to pick up an application.

Captain William Spry
Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM 
October - December
To register, drop into the library to pick up an application.

Cole Harbour
Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
October 19 - December 14
To register, email Ali at hebertali@halifax.ca.
Registration is open until October 12.

Musquodoboit Harbour
Tuesday, 3:45 - 4:45 PM
October 16-November 29
To register, call the Library at (902) (902) 889-2227.

Sackville
Tuesdays, 3:45 - 4:45 PM
October 4 - December 6
To register, drop into the library to pick up an application.


What is Leading Readers?

A playful, caring, and successful literacy program, Leading Readers engages struggling or reluctant readers from Grades 1-5.

Careful Pairing of Kids with Teens

The Library attracts positive, kind teens to our volunteer programs. They love kids, and are looking for resume-building experience in working with children, so they take their role seriously. In return, kids love their teens. They respond well to being paired with one, consistent, and compatible older kid. They thrive on the attention and grow in their reading confidence due to their bond.

Non-traditional Literacy Mix

We like to show reluctant readers all of the joys of reading by taking their heads out of the books. Leading Readers challenges kids’ regular definitions of reading. Our 1-hour long sessions start with a 1-on-1 reading with their teen volunteer, move into group games, and fun activities - all with a literacy underpinning.

For Kids with Basic French

We know practice makes perfect. In our French sessions, kids have a chance to practice what they're learning or have already learned. We use the same successful Leading Readers model, which is 1-on-1 sessions, pairings with dedicated teen volunteers, and fun reading activities, and focus on reading French-language stories. Kids who already know a little bit of French get to further develop their skills and learn new vocabulary words along the way.


Teen Volunteer Opportunity

Leading Readers is one of our teen volunteer opportunities. If you are a teen who loves working with kids, or wants more experience in the area, consider applying to volunteer with the Leading Readers program. Read more about the opportunity.

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