Feel better, do better: library volunteers make a difference

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 6:00 am


Reading is the best way to keep the reading skills of young readers sharp over the long summer vacation. A reading buddy is a fun way to do it!

What’s a reading buddy?

A reading buddy is an adult or teen volunteer who loves reading to and with children. Summer Reading Buddies read with kids going into grades 1–4, meeting weekly for 30 minutes at the library between June 26 and July 28.

To volunteer as a Summer Reading Buddy and help kids in the community, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jamie Van Wormer, at jvanwormer@scld.org or 509.893.8234.


The benefits of volunteering are many. Benefits to you when volunteering include pride, satisfaction, connecting with others, and a feeling of accomplishment. The benefits for others and the community include providing for needs and solving problems, strengthening community, and improving and transforming the lives of others.

“Helping improve a child’s odds of success in school and life in general is a very rewarding experience.”
– Larry Garner, Homework Club Volunteer

No matter your interests and talents, we help you find the best ways to fill a need at the library. As a volunteer, you help others and make our community stronger and better.

You can volunteer a little or a lot. We look forward to it!

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Reading aloud with seniors
  • English language learner conversation partner
  • Program and event support
  • Library administrative support
  • GED program support
  • Community event support
  • Computer coaching
  • Parade support

It’s easy to apply online at www.scld.org/volunteer, or print and fill out an application and then bring it to one of our libraries.


The Friends of the Spokane County Library District is a community-based, non-profit volunteer group of citizens who promote and enhance their local libraries.

Their mission is inspiring passionate lifelong learners to invest in their community libraries.

As a Friend, you are instrumental in bringing high-caliber literary and cultural events to our community. Through book sales and other fundraisers, the Friends:

  • Promote literacy for all ages
  • Curate engaging programming for a variety of interests
  • Develop opportunities for lifelong learning
  • Support local businesses and career development with specialized resources

The Friends dream of a healthy, safe, and welcoming community. Let’s create it together.

Learn more at www.scldfriends.org. Or contact the Friends at friends@scld.org or 509.893.8233.

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