Children's Summer Reading Program Advocate

Time Commitment

2-4 hours per week, as needed, during May and June


To get the word out to children/teens about the Library's Summer Reading Program.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Chance to meet new people who share similar interests
  • Assist the Library to expand its community's younger stakeholders
  • Utilize or gain skills in public speaking
  • Give something back to the community
  • Utilize and/or develop new community contacts
  • Feel needed and valued
  • Enhance your resume
  • Satisfaction from accomplishment

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Attends a 2-4 hour orientation to the Library and
    training on Speaker's Bureau objectives, speaker
    outline and materials that describe the Summer Reading
    Program for children and teens.
  • Responds to requests to speak based on your schedule when the Library Director or Speaker's Bureau Coordinator calls with a speaking engagement at area schools
  • Reports data on number of attendees, particularly interests of the group and/or unanswered questions to Library Director/Speaker's Bureau Coordinator within three (3) days of the speaking engagement

Skills/Abilities/Qualifications Required

  • Good rapport with children
  • Commitment to the library's vision and mission
  • Ability to speak and understand English, and to convey a positive, friendly attitude
  • Ability to work congenially with staff, patrons, and other volunteers
  • Ability to provide dependable transportation, so as to be punctual, and the ability to be contacted by telephone, scheduling changes and meetings
  • General familiarity with libraries
  • Successful public speaking
  • Willingness to speak to groups on behalf of the library on an as needed basis
  • Depending on the school system, this position may require a background check