Volunteer for the Summer Reading team

Logo for Summer Reading 2018
Recruiting Volunteers April 1 - June 15, 2018

Summer Reading is a program that gets kids and teens excited about reading during the summer and encourages them to become lifelong library users. Teens and adults are invited to apply to join our team of volunteers as Summer Reading assistants. Summer Reading volunteers register kids for the game, award prizes and talk with them about the books they have read. Volunteers may also help with events, recordkeeping and more. They do not read to kids, check out books to patrons or shelve books. Learn more about  Summer Reading.


  • Hang out while working at the library
  • Earn volunteer hours for school
  • Gain valuable skills and put something awesome on your resume or college application
  • Be part of a team of almost 800 Summer Reading volunteers!

Take this quiz to see if you should apply to volunteer:

  • I am going into 6th grade or higher in fall 2018
  • I am available to work a 2-hour weekly shift for 8-9 weeks between June 15 and August 31
  • I like working with other people, including talking to kids and adults
  • My handwriting is easy to read
  • I am responsible and dependable

Did you answer yes to all of the questions above? Congratulations! Follow the next steps to apply for a volunteer position. 

Next Steps

  1. Fill out a youth application if you are 17 or younger or an adult application  if you are 18 or older. (Hint: Online applications get reviewed faster, but paper applications are available at any library location.) Your application is reviewed by Volunteer Services staff.
  2. Check your email. Volunteer Services will send you more information on becoming a volunteer. (If you don’t provide an email address, we will contact you by postal mail.)
  3. If your application is approved, Volunteer Services will contact you.  You will then sign up for your required training.
  4. Set up your schedule and start date with staff at the library where you will be volunteering, and attend training.
  5. Get ready for an awesome summer of volunteering two hours a week all summer long!

The Small Print

Apply by May 15 or earlier for your best chance to volunteer at your favorite library.

All applications are reviewed.  Not all applicants are selected to be Summer Reading volunteers.

You may not be able to volunteer if:

  • Your application is missing information
  • We can’t read your handwriting
  • You can’t make the required time commitment
  • There’s no parent/guardian signature
  • Your responses are too brief or don’t make sense

Volunteered with us before? Do not reapply. Contact us at  libvols@multcolib.org or 503.988.5731

Frequently Asked Questions

Can adults volunteer for summer reading?

Yes! Make sure you complete the adult application. Please note that about 85% of Summer Reading volunteers are under the age of 18.

Can I volunteer if I'm in 3rd or 4th grade? 

Maybe. Youth who are entering a grade lower than 6th grade in the fall may be able to volunteer with a parent or guardian depending on schedule availability.

When and where can I volunteer?

All Multnomah County libraries welcome Summer Reading assistants to help with Summer Reading. When you fill out the volunteer application, indicate the library location where you would like to volunteer. Have a backup location in case your first choice is full.

I have more questions. Who can I contact?

For more information contact Volunteer Services at libvols@multcolib.org or 503.988.5731.