Do you like Books and Children? The County of Denver is looking for some volunteers to read books to Pre-School kids at Libraries around town next year as part of their Read Aloud Program. The Read Aloud Program sends volunteers to preschool classrooms in Denver to read with children once a week for about 30 minutes. The program serves children from lower-income families who are attending Head Start and early childhood education centers. They are looking to provide children with the opportunity to experience the love of books and the joy of reading and to develop pre-reading skills among Denver’s preschoolers.
If you want to participate, you need to be at least 18 and have a Denver County Library Card in Good Standing. You will also need an outgoing personality, a sensitivity to economically disadvantaged children and their families. Bilingual speakers is a plus. Training will be provided, and volunteers will need to pick up Read Aloud books at a Denver Public Library branch once a week., prepare for storytimes by reading the books aloud before class time, read to a preschool class once a week for a whole semester, and include developmentally beneficial activities such as singing, rhymes or dancing. Currently, volunteers read in more than 300 classrooms to approximately 5,500 children each week. Each child who participates will hear about 80 books in a 14 week session and will receive a gift book at the end.
If this sounds like the gig for you, reach out to Denver Public Libraries Here.