When 12-year-old Nikki approached the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center to house her book club, the Library readily agreed. The Crescent City Reading Buddies Book Club is, after all, a perfect fit. She piloted her program at Petco, but it didn't get off the ground there (even with animals around). Feeling more prepared this time around, and with the Library's built-in audience of children & parents, she hopes to have more success at the Library.
We sat down with her earlier this week to learn more about her program. Read the interview below.
What made you want to start the Crescent City Reading Buddies Book Club?
When I was 6, I won a grant to get a Little Free Library, and I have been a steward of one in front of my house for the past 6 years. It's just kind of natural. I love helping my community and seeing people happy with a book every day.
What made you interested in helping young people learn to read?
Pretty much the same thing. My love for books, and my love for other people reading and how happy it can make them, and the stories and how interesting they are.
Why do you think it's important to build literacy early on?
If you don't build literacy early on, you really won't have the technique and skill of reading when you're older to enjoy all of the different books and genres and all of the amazing stories that you can't really get from just listening to people.
Why did you choose Keller Library & Community Center?
I always loved this Library personally. I had several drama club meetings here. I love the Library. I love the feel of it. I like Rosa Keller very much. Also, Petco wasn't working. We needed a more permanent location, and the Library was perfect.
The Crescent City Reading Buddies Book Club partners middle school student volunteers with younger children ages 2 - 7 to read one-on-one helping to build literacy skills. Each club meeting will feature a snack or a craft that matches the monthly theme. The first meeting is at Keller Library & Community Center on Tuesday, May 1 from 4pm - 5:30pm.
The first 25 students, ages 12 - 14, who are interested in volunteering will receive a t-shirt. Please contact Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org if your student is interested.