• Download your volunteer application here or pick it up in person at the Children's desk or Information desk starting March 13, 2017. Applications are due by 6:00 PM on Friday, April 14, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

There are three ways to return your completed application:

1.   In person at the Library

2.   Snail mail:

Cathy Janovitz
Escondido Public Library
239 S. Kalmia St
Escondido, CA 92025

3.   Scan and email to cjanovitz@escondido.org



  • How old do I have to be to volunteer? Volunteers must be 14 years old by June 12, 2017.

  • What do Summer volunteers do? A variety of tasks including registering kids and teens for the challenge, 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? The Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 19, 2017 - July 31, 2017. There is a Volunteer Meet & Greet party on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and volunteers must attend two mandatory training sessions the week of June 12 - June 17, 2017. 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 15 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 get excited 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 if they are selected for the program the week of April 17, 2017.

  • 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.