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ORGANIZATION: Denver Public Library Read Aloud Program

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Be a reading superhero! Volunteer to read to preschoolers virtually or in person in your community through the Denver Public Library's Read Aloud Program. We're looking for volunteers to read once a week to 3-5 year olds during the school year. Bilingual volunteers are encouraged. Please visit our webpage and contact us for more details.

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About Denver Public Library Read Aloud Program


10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204, US

Mission Statement

The Read Aloud Program sends trained volunteers to preschool classrooms in Denver to read with children once a week for 30 minutes each week. The program serves children from lower-income families who are attending Head Start and early childhood education centers. Our goals are: To provide children with the opportunity to experience the love of books and the joy of reading. To develop pre-reading skills among Denver's preschoolers. To promote the use of the The Denver Public Library among preschoolers, their families and their teachers.


The Read Aloud Program originated in 1988 with the Library Services Construction Act grant. It was designed as outreach to Denver's children to bring the library into their communities. Volunteers read on a one time basis.

The program expanded with more grants. Volunteers then read once a week over a period of time. This expansion allowed the volunteer reader, the teacher and the children to create a bond with each other, as well as with books and stories.

With a new grant in 1991, funds were used to create a separate Read Aloud book collection. This enabled readers to leave the books in the classroom between visits. Also the number of Read Aloud volunteers grew from 30 to 75.

Currently, volunteers read in more than 300 classrooms to approximately 5,500 children each week. Each child who participates will hear about 80 books in a 14 week session and will receive a gift book at the end.

The Read Aloud Program is generously supported through grants from local foundations and individual donors.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


10 West 14th Avenue ParkwayDenver, CO 80204




  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Training Session and Orientation, 2 hours one time. Picking up and returning book sets, 10-20 minutes once a week. Preparing for each storytime, 30 minutes once a week. Reading with your classroom, about 30 minutes once a week.
  • A love of books and of the library. A respect for children as unique, important individuals. A desire to help children learn about themselves and their world. A sensitivity to economically disadvantaged children and their families.

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