Thank you for your interest in becoming a 2016 Summer Reading Volunteer!
  • Download your volunteer application here or pick it up in person at the Children's desk or Information desk starting March 14, 2016. Applications are due Saturday, April 16, 2016

There are 3 ways to return your completed application:

  1.    In person at the Library

  2.    Snail mail them to
          Attn: Cathy Janovitz
          239 S. Kalmia St.
          Escondido, CA 92025

  3.    Scan and email them to



  • How old do I have to be to volunteer? Volunteers must be 14 years old by June 13, 2016.

  • What do Summer Reading volunteers do? A variety of tasks including registering kids and teens for the club, handing out prizes, explaining the rules of the program, updating the database, shelving books, helping prepare for craft programs, crowd control, and other tasks as assigned.

  • When do I need to be available? Summer Reading runs from June 13, 2016 - July 30, 2016. There is a Teen Volunteer Meet & Greet party on Saturday, June 4, 2016 and volunteers must attend two mandatory training sessions the week of June 6 - June 10, 2016. We try our best to accommodate summer school, vacations, and summer camps but the more availability you have the better!

  • How many hours will I get? Volunteers are guaranteed a minimum of 18 hours but are encouraged to work more.

  • What do I get out of this? Volunteers are invited to a Teen Volunteer Meet & Greet party in order to meet one another and the staff and get pumped up for Summer Reading. At the end of the summer there is a thank you party where volunteers get free food and gifts. Volunteers will also receive a letter stating the work that they did over the summer and their total number of volunteer hours which can be used to fulfill community service requirements or for letters of recommendation. You will also have a fun-filled summer where you get to meet other people, learn some new skills, and earn valuable job experience.

  • How will I know if I'm chosen? All volunteers will be notified of whether or not they are selected the week of April 18, 2016.

  • What are you looking for in a good volunteer? Someone who is friendly, mature, responsible, on-time, takes direction and instructions well, self-starters who see something that needs to be done and don't wait to be told to do it, comfortable working with a variety of different people, not afraid to talk to people they don't know, and knowledgeable with computers. Being able to speak Spanish is also helpful (but not required) since we serve a largely Spanish-speaking community.

  • What if I'm not selected? The application process is competitive! We have a lot of demand and a limited number of available positions, so make sure that you fill out your application completely and with care. If you aren't chosen this summer it doesn't mean you weren't a great candidate so apply again next year or inquire about other volunteer opportunities throughout the school year.