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
Village Square 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.

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Katie Radke