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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.

Reading to Children Volunteers Needed (bilingual especially!)

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Do you want to share your enthusiasm for books? Do you want to help children learn to love books and reading? Then become a Reader to Children!

Helping a child love books and reading is one of the most powerful things you can do to help a child. Strong reading skills open up a lifetime of enjoyment and learning. These skills also provide the keys to academic success. Strong reading skills promote:

  • Learning
  • Confidence in school
  • Self-esteem
  • Love of reading

A good reader becomes a better reader because he reads a lot, and he reads a lot because he thinks reading is fun. Our Readers to Children help children develop that love of reading. They do this by reading aloud enthusiastically to show that books are enjoyable. As a volunteer, you will: 

  • Read with individuals or small groups of children
  • Introduce children to high-interest, age-appropriate books
  • Provide an intimate, friendly setting for kids to enjoy books, talk about books, and learn literacy skills.

To see Reading to Children volunteers in action, watch the video!

Become a Reading to Children volunteer and see what a difference you can make in the lives of children. You must be 15 or older to apply, and those over age 18 must be fingerprinted. We especially need bilingual (English/Spanish) volunteers. Sign up for the required training on September 20, 2014 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  While the training will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, your placement as a volunteer will be at one of the branch libraries in our system.

Volunteer News

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



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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.



Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer Opportunity at the East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library


Summer Reading Challenge 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 East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library

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

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library, please contact Adrian Barrientos, at adrian.barrientos@sjlibrary.org or Arturo Villasenor at arturo.villasenor@sjlibrary.org.  You can also call them at 1-408-808-3075, 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




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