In order to help develop early literacy skills among local children who may not have the opportunity to attend storytimes at the Library, the Storytime-To-Go project brings storytimes to them. Supervised volunteers lead planned storytimes for young children in day care and other group settings. These enthusiastic and fun sessions also encourage children and their caregivers to read more throughout the week.
Lead storytimes using the provided Storytime-To-Go kits. In addition to reading books aloud, storytimes include leading children in singing songs and other activities.
Engage childcare providers and encourage their participation during storytime. Each volunteer will return to the same location(s) to support the development of a positive connection with each childcare provider. The project will also provide caregivers with tips for sharing books with children in enjoyable, developmentally appropriate ways.
One year commitment required.
About 2-3 hours a week, including preparation, travel time, and the storytime itself (a storytime presentation is about 20 minutes long).
Initial training includes: Storytime-To-Go training program (one instruction class, observing two storytimes, practicing a storytime with feedback) and one Library volunteer orientation meeting.
Please write a letter of interest answering these questions:
1. Why are you interested in this position?
2. What is your experience leading storytimes or similar activities for children under the age of 10?
3. Provide a work-related reference we can contact (name, organization, phone, e-mail).
Send to Amy Hartsfield, Volunteer Coordinator, Eugene Public Library:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon 97401.
Questions? Please e-mail Amy or call her at 541-682-8335.
- Literacy / Reading
- Adult Education
- Teaching / Instruction
- Reading / Writing
- General Education
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- About 2-3 hours, once a week. One year minimum.
- Experience working with children under the age of 10 (volunteer or paid) and able to lift 10 pounds.