Reading Buddies

The Reading Buddies program at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is a free program that brings children and staff or volunteers (adults or teens) together to read in a thirty-minute appointment time weekly. Children (grades K-5) select their own books to read, and trained volunteers provide support and encouragement to help your child experience and develop a love of reading! Reading Buddy appointments are available for children in person at select Library locations and online via Zoom appointments. Every child is limited to 1 appointment slot per semester (in-person OR virtual).   


Our next reading buddies semester will be February 5th-May 3rd. We will not hold sessions when the Library is closed.  


Registration will begin for in-person and virtual reading buddies beginning Monday January 22nd at 9:00 a.m.  


Read the information below to find out how to register your child for the program.   


How to Register for an in-person reading buddy appointment:   


Visit or call any participating Library location (see list below) to ask children’s staff about available slots. Children’s staff will ask for your child’s name and grade level, and a parent email and phone number to register your child for the entire semester with a weekly appointment.  


  • Allegra Westbrooks Regional Library: Mondays 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. 
  • Cornelius Library: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 4-6 p.m.
  • Hickory Grove Library: Thursdays 4-6 p.m. 
  • ImaginOn Library: Wednesdays 1-2 p.m. (for homeschool families) 
  • Matthews Library: Mondays 4-6:30 p.m., Tuesdays 5-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m.  
  • Mint Hill Library: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m.  
  • Mountain Island Library: Mondays and Thursdays 4-6 p.m.  
  • Myers Park: Thursdays 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • North County Regional Library: Mondays 4-6 p.m. 
  • Pineville Library: Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
  • Plaza Midwood Library: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6 p.m. 
  • South Boulevard Library: Mondays 4-6 p.m.  
  • South County Regional Library: Tuesdays 4-6 p.m.  
  • SouthPark Regional Library: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4-6 p.m., Saturdays 2-4 p.m
  • Steele Creek Library: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-6 p.m. 
  • Sugar Creek Library: Wednesdays 4-7 p.m., Thursdays 4-7 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • University City Regional Library: Mondays 4-6 p.m., Tuesdays 5-6 p.m., Wednesdays 4-5 p.m., Thursdays 4-6:30 p.m.  
  • West Boulevard Library: Tuesdays 5-6:30 p.m.  

Note: Days and times subject to change due to volunteer availability. Please check with your branch for more details.  


How to Register for a virtual reading buddy appointment:  

Complete the form below with your first and second choice preferences for a weekly appointment slot for your child. Appointments will be assigned on a first come, first served basis beginning January 22nd at 9:00 a.m. All remaining submissions will be added to the waitlist to be contacted if an additional slot becomes available.   


Form will open on Monday January 22nd at 9:00 a.m.  


Other Important Information  

Please know that while reading buddies will improve your child’s reading skills, all reading buddy programs at the Library are not tutoring services. We ask that you do not miss any appointments without prior notice. If you miss 3 appointments (in person or virtual) without prior notice, we will need to move to the next child on the waiting list. We ask for a responsible adult to be at the Library location (in person) or in the room (virtual) with the child at all times.  


Interested in Volunteering to be a Reading Buddy? Please visit the volunteer registration page to join us! Volunteers will register for 1-hour (2 reading buddy appointments) or 2-hour (4 reading buddy appointments) time slots at a convenient Library location. A virtual 60-minute self-paced training session is provided and required to participate. A background check is required. Share your love of reading with children!   


All virtual reading buddy slots are now full. All names requested on this form will be added to the waiting list in the event that a slot opens up. Please call or visit your local branch to register your child for an in-person reading buddy slot.

Child's Grade Level
Days of the Week (First Choice)
Time of Day (First Choice)
Days of the Week (Second Choice)
Time of Day (Second Choice)
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