If you are a teen or know a teen who is looking for a rewarding experience this summer, The Tyler Public Library is seeking volunteers aged 12 to 17 for its Read with a Teen program.

Teen mentors would act as relaxed, non-judgmental listeners for young readers. Did you know in one study, teen mentors helped young readers improve reading levels by more than 60%. Duties would include

  1. Helping readers select a book and listening as they read.
  2. Completing a short survey regarding time spent with young readers.
  3. Reward the young readers with coupons and free books.

All a teen needs to join the program is patience, a supportive attitude and interest in working with children ages 6 through 9, and a love of reading. The Library is asking for a commitment of at least four sessions during June and July. Sessions last one hour.

“Mentoring and teaching a child become a better reader is a great way for a teen to volunteer,” said Youth Services Librarian Linda Gray.

Those interested in participating should stop by the Library for a City of Tyler Youth Volunteer application. They are available at the Library’s Reference Desk or for download at VolunteerTyler.com. Teens age 12 through 17 years of age are welcome to apply.

For more information contact Linda Gray at the library by calling (903) 593-7323 or by emailing programs@tylertexas.com.