Reading Pals


We pair volunteer tutors with children for short-term reading support and fun! 

The students are in grades 1-5 and have been identified by their teachers and parents as struggling with their reading.  A teacher referral is mandatory for Reading Pals registration.  This is not an intense academic program, but rather a time to read together for fun and play some reading games.  We make reading fun again for these kids and expose them to books that are both a good level and interesting for them. 

During some school months, we run after-school sessions that are 3 weeks long, running twice per week from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Dawe branch of Red Deer Public Library.  

We also have sessions in the summer during the daytime hours, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m, again at the Dawe Branch of RDPL.  Those programs are 2 weeks long, running Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday.  The students come for the same hour each of the 6 days.  The volunteers pick which session(s) and hour(s) suit them and then we match students with them.  

Interested in volunteering with us? We are always looking for more tutors to help these children. We'll ask you to fill out Volunteer Application forms and provide a Vulnerable Sectors Check from the RCMP (Volunteer letter and forms available by request; see below).  Training, resource materials and support are provided, so new tutors (16 years and older) are welcome.

For more information or forms, email:  

French Reading Pals Program

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In summer 2018, we piloted our first ever French Reading Pals program. The program took place at the Timberlands Branch, and was made possible due to an amazing group of volunteers from the Central Alberta Cameroonian Community. Students were referred to the program by their teachers, and received one-on-one or small group tutoring sessions twice a week over three weeks. We are currently evaluating the program and hope to run it again in the summer of 2019. Stay tuned for more information to come in the spring of 2019. In the meantime, questions can be sent to: