Assist library staff with programs, providing experiences with books in language rich environments, so that young children will develop the skills they will need to be successful in school.

  • Direct parents/caregivers to appropriate books or materials, based on their questions and age of their children.
  • Assist in selecting appropriate books, toys, and rugs for children.
  • Read stories and rhymes aloud to children and their parents/caregivers.
  • Promote various library programs that would benefit their children's early literacy and/or their relationship with their children.
  • Promote the use of the library and its resources by referring families to specialists at the Library, when appropriate.
  • Find creative ways to display and market First Five Years books and materials.
  • Assist in the maintenance of the First Five Years child friendly space in the library, including picking up, and collecting books to be re-shelved, washing toys and cleaning up, as needed.
Required Skills
  • A strong commitment to helping provide experiences in the first five years of life, laying the foundations for future learning.
  • Experience working with children, from birth to five years, and their parents and caregivers, formally or informally.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Knowledge of a language other than English, a plus.
Program Notes
  • Volunteers are asked to make a minimum commitment of two hours per week, for a period of at least six months.
  • BPL will conduct an investigative background check on volunteers 18 and older, which may be used when considering a prospective volunteer's application.
How to Apply

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