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Volunteering at the library is a great way to use your talents, provide valuable service to the community, learn new skills and meet great people.  Our current opportunities are listed on the right. Just click on the link to learn more about the position or click on the green button to see all opportunties available with San Jose Public Library.


Volunteer News

Watch New Videos Showing Tutors and Learners in Action

Partners in Reading of the San Jose Public Library and Read Santa Clara of the Santa Clara City Library are excited to introduce these great videos with excellent tutoring strategies for adult literacy tutors. These videos were supported in part by the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.


Enjoy the videos and give us your feedback through the survey found after each video.



Click here to see more videos to enhance tutoring, on topics about the first meeting, phonics, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension. Let us know what you think of these videos and pass them on to other tutors and teachers.


Partners in Reading is the adult literacy program of the San Jose Public Library. We train volunteer tutors to meet with adult learners to build basic literacy skills. Find out more about Partners in Reading and register for the next tutor training class. We also offer beginning English as a Second Language classes that focus on oral skills with some practice on basic reading and writing skills.

Friends of the East San Jose Carnegié Branch Library Book Sale

Book Sale ImageFind treasures and good reads at the Friends of the East San Jose Carnegié Branch Library Book Sale on Saturday June 28, 2014 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Gently used books and other items will be available in the Community Room at excellent prices!  All proceeds support programs at the East San José Carnegie Branch Library for children, teens and adults.


Volunteers are needed to help with setting up, assisting with book sale and cleaning up after the book sale. Book sale setup will take place on Friday, June 27th from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm. Book sale clean up will take place on Saturday June 28, 2014 from 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM. 


For more information or to volunteer at this booksale, please contact the East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library by phone at 1-408-808-3075 or by e-mail at eb.sjpl@sjlibrary.org.  You can also visit our VolunteerMatch posting

Posted by Dawn Imada on Jun 21, 2014 | Comments: 0 |

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer Opportunity at Biblioteca Latinoamericana

SRC RobotsAre you between the ages of thirteen and seventeen, and looking for fun volunteer opportunities?
If the answer is yes, you can learn to sign-up children, teens and adults for the Summer Reading Challenge, as well as award prizes, and help out at some library programs at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana.

The 2014 Summer Reading Challenge started on June 1st and ends on July 31st.

If you are interested in becoming a teen Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana, please contact Peggy Elwell, at peg.elwell@sjlibrary.org.  You can also call her at 408-294-1237, or visit our VolunteerMatch posting.  

teensReach LogoTeensReach, a youth advisory group, is another exciting volunteer opportunity for teens ages 13-18.  If you are interested, please visit our teensReach page.

If you don't see what you're looking for here, other volunteer opportunities in your community can be found on californialibraries.volunteermatch.org.

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