ELL School Success


Help English Language Learner (ELL) students aged six to eight 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.

Program Goals

  • 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

Volunteer Qualifications

  • 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

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • 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 inter-personal, leadership, problem-solving, and communication skills

Help Needed

Youth Opportunities

Forest Lawn Library
Saddletowne Library
Village Square Library

Adult Opportunities
Country Hills Library

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Katie Radke