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Columbus Metropolitan Library

Reading Buddies
Grab a book and read with a buddy.

Can you spare 90 minutes to 2 hours each week to help build a child's future? New research from OSU shows that every session a child reads with you yields an increase in their MAP reading test scores.

Join the crew at our Barnett branch each week, and participate in the adventure of learning. We have two programs needing your support: School Help, working with kids K-12 on their studies and Reading Buddies which helps children build reading skills with the K-3 crowd.

School Help works on study skills and homework projects. Reading Buddies features children read to you for 15 minutes, and your job is to help them when they need it, challenge them when it sounds too easy, and guide them to new books and the fun of reading.

Care to share your great love of learning with a child? Then this is the place to be!

School Help Days: Mondays through Thursdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Reading Buddies Schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

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About Columbus Metropolitan Library


96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215, US

Mission Statement

Columbus Metropolitan Library envisions a thriving community where wisdom prevails. The library’s purpose is to inspire reading, share resources and connect people.


Open to All since 1873, Columbus Metropolitan Library is well known for its signature services and programs like Homework Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML responds to areas of urgent community need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


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The Barnett Branch3434 E. Livingstone Ave.Columbus, OH 43227



  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Reading / Writing


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 12
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask that volunteers be available 90 minutes a week on a regular basis. Our young customer quickly become attached to volunteers who work with us consistently.
  • Must be comfortable working with students, have a passionate love for reading and enjoy working with children.

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