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Reading Together

Reading Together

One-to-one reading mentoring for kids at Saint Paul Public Library.

Always free.

 Reading Mentoring for Saint Paul Students Grades 1-5

The Reading Together program fosters the joy of reading and boosts reading skills through mentorship and creative play.

Students and trained mentors meet weekly, one-on-one, to work on grade-level reading skills.

Learn more the impact Reading Together has made by reading this profile of a student: Reading Gives Salman a Foundation for Learning (The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library)


Volunteer Reading Mentors

The mission of the Reading Together program is to foster the joy of reading and boost reading skills through mentorship and creative play.

Reading Together mentors must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • be proficient in reading and writing
  • have a keen interest in helping children succeed
  • commit to meet one hour per week throughout the school year
  • attend a required, free training
  • submit to a background check

To volunteer, please download an application, visit a Saint Paul Public Library location, or call 651-266-7437.

"It was a delightful experience! I just wanted to send a message expressing how wonderful this volunteer effort is, and in a way it was life-changing for me. Thank you for providing this volunteer effort for children and mentors who are passionate about the community." - Scarlett, Mentor (Summer 2017)


Learn about the application process

Download the application form:

Students must:

  • be in grades 1-5
  • read just below grade level
  • live in or attend school in Saint Paul
  • have a teacher's signature included on the application

Student and Parent Commitment

Students must arrive on time at the library and attend one-hour, weekly sessions during the 2018-2019 school year.

Parents are also expected to remain in the library while their child is tutored.

Learn more about program expectations

Quality Improvement Through Data Evaluation

This organization participates in the Sprockets network which aims to improve the quality and availability of after-school and summer programs for youth and their families in Saint Paul. Information about your child’s participation in this activity will be used to help assess the quality and effectiveness of out of school time programs. Information about your child will be kept confidential and your child will never be identified in any evaluation or research reports. You have the right to review the Data Privacy Notice. If you do not want your child’s data to be included in evaluation or research related to Sprockets, please tell our staff and sign the non-consent form. This will NOT affect your child’s participation in the program.

To learn more or to opt out of Sprockets research, please see the documents below:

Sprockets Research Notice (opt-out) English

Sprockets Research Notice (opt-out) Hmong

Sprockets Research Notice (opt-out) Somali

Sprockets Research Notice (opt-out) Spanish

Photography/Media Permission Opt Out


Reading Together follows the Saint Paul Public Schools calendar.

Pairs meet for one-hour sessions Monday - Thursday 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and on weekends.

Reading Together sessions can take place at any Saint Paul Public Library Location.

More Information

For more information about Reading Together, please call 651-266-7437.

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