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Reading Bridge fosters the joy of reading and boosts literacy skills through mentorship and creative play.


Young readers will be paired with a volunteer mentor to meet at the library once a week for 8-12 weeks (depending on season) to build reading skills and confidence. Each 45 minute session will include time for the student and mentor to read together, play games and activities designed to build literacy skills, and goal setting for the week to come.

To participate in the program, students must:

  • be in grades 1, 2, or 3
  • read below grade level
  • live in or attend school in Anoka County
  • be able to meet with their volunteer mentor at the library every week on the same day and time. To respect the time our volunteer mentors  are committing to the program, please do not sign up if you know you will miss more than 2 sessions.  Families should wait for a future season when they can commit to weekly attendance if they know they have scheduling conflicts so their student can get the maximum benefit from the program. 


***A parent/caregiver must stay in the library while the student works with their mentor

Reading Bridge Seasons

Reading Bridge will be offered three times a year. 


Winter/Spring: February to April 

  • Registration opens January 2024


Summer: June to August

  • Registration opens May 2024

Fall: October to December **No Reading Bridge Thanksgiving Week 

  • Registration opens September 2024


Students will automatically be signed up for the same day/time for the whole Reading Bridge season when they register.  Students may ONLY sign up for one weekly timeslot during a Reading Bridge season. Duplicate registrations will be canceled. 

Registration for the winter/spring session is open now. REGISTER HERE

Seats are limited and expected to fill quickly.  If you are unable to get a spot, check out our Children's Reading Help page  for additional resources and programs offered at the library that can support your student. 


An older woman sits at a table with a young boy and they are reading a book together

Reading Bridge sessions are fun learning experiences where students have a safe place to practice their skills and build a relationship with a caring mentor. During Reading Bridge sessions, volunteer Mentors and Students will:

  • Take turns reading aloud to each other
  • Discuss, draw, and write about what they are reading 
  • Play literacy games to practice sight words, sounds, and spelling  

 Reading Bridge is not:

  • Help with homework assignments
  • Formal evaluation, diagnosis, or intervention for reading issues or disabilities 
  • A replacement for school or other additional supports students are receiving

Sponsored by the Friends

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Institute of Museum and Library Services logo
This program is funded in part with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding, Library Services and Technology Act