Summer Reading at Central Library

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ORGANIZATION: Multnomah County Library


Summer Reading is a program that gets kids and teens excited about reading during the summer and encourages them to become lifelong library users. Summer Reading volunteers register kids for the game and award prizes. Volunteers may also help with projects, recordkeeping and more. Volunteers do not read to kids, check out books to patrons or shelve books. Volunteer shifts begin on June 16 and end on August 31.

Currently seeking volunteers for:

  • Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
  • Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97213
  • Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Avenue, Gresham, OR 97030
  • Holgate Library (opening in July), 7905 SE Holgate Boulevard, Portland, OR 97206
  • Multnomah County Library at University of Oregon, 2800 NE Liberty Street, Portland, OR 97211
  • Northwest Library, 2300 NW Thurman Street, Portland, OR 97210
  • Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233
  • St. Johns Library, 7510 N Charleston Avenue, Portland, OR 97203


  • Make friends while working at the library
  • Earn volunteer hours for school
  • Gain valuable skills for your resume or college application

Minimum qualifications

  • Entering grade 6 or higher in the next school year
  • Available to work a two-hour weekly shift for eight to nine weeks between June 16 and August 31
  • Enjoy working with other people, including talking to kids and adults
  • Responsible and dependable
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Preferred qualifications

  • Prior Summer Reading volunteer experience
  • Fluency in one of the following languages: Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese or Somali.
  • In-depth knowledge or lived experience with Indigenous, Black communities or both. This experience can be demonstrated by knowledge of traditions, values and customs.

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About Multnomah County Library


Volunteer Services, 205 NE Russell Street, Portland, OR 97212, US

Mission Statement

Empowering our community to learn and create


Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi River, with a history that reaches back to 1864. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services.

The mission of the volunteer program is to engage community members in enhancing the services that Multnomah County Library is able to provide online, at library locations, and in the community. Volunteers are engaged throughout the organization including at all of our 19 libraries and our outreach programs.


Education & Literacy
Community, Education & Literacy


Sun Jun 16, 2024 - Sat Aug 31, 2024


801 Southwest 10th AvenueCentral LibraryPortland, OR 97205



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • People Skills


  • Kids
  • Teens


  • Must be at least 11
  • Orientation or Training
  • One two-hour weekly shift for eight to nine weeks between June 16 and August 31
  • Attend in-person or online training before volunteering

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