Get Kids Ready for Back to School

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Be Part of Academic Success for San José Children

School is almost back in session, and the library is a go-to place for many young scholars and their families. Each year, the San José Public Library helps thousands of people get ready for school, and volunteers play a pivotal role in the lives of students. Volunteers can make a tremendous difference by simply reading aloud to children, in order to help kids build basic literacy skills. Additionally, school-aged children greatly benefit from the coaching and support of volunteers able to aid with their homework.

Variety of Available Volunteer Opportunities

SJPL welcomes volunteers (ages 15+) wishing to contribute their talents and time to assist library staff in delivering services more efficiently and effectively. A variety of opportunities are available, including Homework Coaches, Readers to Children, Read to Thrive Instructors, Tech Mentors, Library Services Volunteers, and OneInMath Tutors. Fingerprint clearance required for volunteers, aged 18 and over (at no cost to volunteer).

Extraordinary Volunteers Needed for:

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  • Homework Coaches: Help young students with their homework in a range of subjects - reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. Coach students in groups of one to four and assist with enrichment activities with those students who have completed their homework. There are also opportunities for adults to lead Homework Clubs. For more information, contact your local branch.
  • Readers to Children: Encourage the joy of reading to a small group of children by reading aloud. Specialized training is provided to all incoming volunteers.
  • OneInMath Tutors: Do you love math? OneInMath volunteers develop valuable leadership and negotiation skills in a fun environment.
  • More Opportunities: Discover additional ways you can volunteer at the library.

Make a Difference, Meet New People

You can make a difference for children returning to school this Fall. Volunteer with San José Public Library and encourage lifelong learning. You will also meet new people with similar interests, including a shared commitment to community.

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