ELL School Success


Help English Language Learner (ELL) students aged 6 to 8 build English vocabulary knowledge and support their literacy development using storybook reading, word-based games, and activities.  Adult team lead volunteers support the program while youth volunteers read one-on-one with the learners and engage them in literacy activities.  While the students participate in the program, parents/caregivers can join a discussion circle concerning language development, facilitated by staff.


Help newcomer children improve their English vocabulary.
Support children in developing a love of reading through exposure to exciting books and stories.
Build newcomer parents’ capacity to support their child’s education.
Position the Library as an essential language support for newcomers of all ages.


Fall / Winter / Spring / Summer
One-hour program
Six-week sessions
Dates and times vary depending on location


Strong reading and speaking skills in English
Positive attitude, reliable, patient, able to stay on task
Able to interact with patrons of diverse backgrounds and ages
Able to work in a team environment
Youth Volunteers currently in junior high or high school


Youth volunteers help learners one-on-one or in small groups through reading and literacy activities
Adult Team Lead Volunteers provide support to library staff, youth volunteers and learners during the program’s one-on-one and small groups activities
Support program goals
Complete an orientation and training session
Ensure a positive, comfortable and fun learning environment
Abide by the Volunteer Standards of Conduct
Be a good role model


A one-hour training and orientation session


Share your passion for literacy
Help students develop English literacy skills
Meet new people
Have fun and contribute to your community
Develop new skills: inter-personal skills, leadership, problem solving and communication


Youth Opportunities
Forest Lawn Library

Adult Opportunities
All volunteer positions for this program are currently filled. Please complete an application and we will contact you when a position becomes available.




Muneerah Vasanji
Email: muneerah.vasanji@calgarylibrary.ca
Phone: 403.260.2742