Coast Capital donates $15,000 to reading program

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Coast Capital Savings Credit Union has donated $15,000 to a library reading program that helps youth read with confidence.

The project partners teen volunteers with “reluctant readers” in Grades 2-4 wanting to improve their reading skills in a safe, non-threatening environment.

Literacy programs of this kind are important for families whose children are struggling readers and also offers a meaningful way for teens to gain skills and volunteer experience by working with young children in helping them to improve vital literacy skills.

“The long-term goal of the program is to create self motivated readers who do better at school and who continue to use library services after the program concludes” said Beth Barlow, chief librarian for Surrey Libraries.

More than 1,200 teen volunteers and Little Buddies have participated in the Coast Capital Savings Reading Buddies program since it was launched in 2004 with seed money from the Coast Capital Savings Community Investment Fund.

Its success has resulted in a consistent demand for the program from parents who wish to help their children improve their reading skills and has attracted many teens who frequently return to volunteer because they enjoy the experience.

“Building strong foundations early in childhood is something that benefits the whole community,” said Wendy Lachance, Director of Community Leadership, Coast Capital Savings. “Contributing to that foundation is something that as local community builders, Coast Capital Savings is committed to. Knowing that each of these little readers has access to a program like this is very gratifying.”

Since it was established in 1983, Surrey Public Library has provided a full range of educational, recreational and leisure materials and services to meet a variety of needs of this diverse community.

Every day, the library helps people discover something new, connect with their community or feel inspired by the programs and services.

Programs and services provided include information services, Internet access, computer training, books in other languages, storytimes for children and programs for adults – all are provided free to Surrey residents.

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