Play Champions


Help foster literacy in your community by sharing early literacy basics with parents and kids up to age five at the Library’s Early Learning Centres.  Volunteers, both singly or in pairs, set up and engage families in early literacy activities, facilitate play activities, clean and organize toys in the space, and support staff as needed.

At New Central Library, there are three different areas where Play Champions will volunteer: Early Learning Centre (preschool-age children), Questionarium (school-age children), and Collaborative Tech Space (school-age children).

Program Goals

  • Help Library staff to create a positive early-learning experience for children and parents
  • Help children improve their self-confidence and creative thinking skills
  • Help children feel that the library is a fun and safe place to learn and interact with both toys and books
  • Help parents gain a deeper understanding of early-literacy principles and gain skills in helping their children learn through play
  • Help parents and children have valuable interactions in the library, cementing the parent-child bond and the value of libraries in the community


Fall / Winter / Spring / Summer

Two- or three-hour program depending on location
Weekly schedule
Dates and times vary depending on location
At least a four-month commitment required

Volunteer Qualifications

  • Enjoys interacting with children aged 0 to 5
  • Comfortable talking with parents
  • Physically able to bend and stand for extended periods
  • Outgoing and friendly personality
  • Background in early childhood education is a benefit

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Attend an orientation and training session
  • Facilitate small group activities
  • Share basic early-learning principles
  • Encourage safe play, check the play area for safety hazards, and restock play materials
  • Clean identified toys and return them to their proper location
  • Be part of a team that creates a positive, fun, and enriching environment for children
  • Abide by the Volunteer Standards of Conduct


A two-hour training and orientation session


  • Gain leadership and coaching skills
  • Gain experience in Early Literacy/Early Learning
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun and contribute to your community

Help Needed

Central Library (New Central Library)
Mondays - 10:00am - 1:00pm or 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Tuesdays - 10:00am - 1:00pm or 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Thursdays - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Fridays - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Sundays - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Country Hills Library
Wednesdays - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Thursdays - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Fridays - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Crowfoot Library
Thursdays - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Fridays - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Fish Creek Library
Mondays - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Fridays - 9:30am - 12:30pm

Judith Umbach Library
Thursdays - 10:45am - 12:15pm

Quarry Park Library *Please note that at Quarry Park our ELVC volunteers primarily help process the Read and Play Kits and spend less time in the Early Learning Centre.
Wednesdays - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Saddletowne Library
Wednesdays - 11:00pm - 1:00pm
Fridays - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Seton Library (launches early 2019)
Mondays - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tuesdays - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesdays - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Thursdays - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Fridays -  10:00am - 1:00pm

Shawnessy Library
Mondays - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesdays - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Signal Hill Library
Mondays - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesdays - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Village Square Library
Mondays - 10:00am - 1:00pm or 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Tuesdays - 10:00am - 1:00pm or 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Thursdays - 10:00am - 1:00pm or 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Fridays - 10:00am - 1:00pm

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Katie Radke