Reading Together


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)

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


  1. Learn about the application process by downloading this document
  2. Download the application form      
  3. Learn more about program expectations 

When & Where

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 can occur at any Saint Paul Public Library Location.

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.

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.

"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)

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.