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 and Supervisors, Readers to Children, Tech Mentors, and Library Services Volunteers. 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.
  • 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.
  • More Opportunities: Discover additional ways you can volunteer at the library.

Make a Difference, Meet New People

You can make a profound 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.


I would like to do that to help you guys out at the library.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the San José Public Library. There are plenty of opportunities for you to volunteer within our library. All San José Public Library volunteers are screened by phone or in person by a library staff member. Ongoing volunteers over the age of 18 must complete a fingerprint background check (at no cost to them) conducted by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and the background check through the California Department of Justice. Simply follow this link ( to browse all of our current opportunities by branch, and click on the particular volunteer opportunity that interests you. You will be taken to a page where you can fill out an application on the right hand-side using our Volunteer Impact software. Once you are logged into your profile, click on the OPPORTUNITIES tab and select the opportunity that interests you in order to Sign Up for the opportunity. If you cannot find a good fit or have any other questions please let me know. Thank you again and have a lovely day.

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