Children's Volunteers


Huntington Beach Central Library

Children's Library

7111 Talbert Ave

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Phone: (714) 375-5107

Volunteers are needed to assist with:

Volunteer to shelve children's books and read aloud to children

Teen volunteers are needed year-round to clean, straighten, and shelve books. Teens are also welcome to read aloud to children one-on-one or in small groups throughout the year. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and willing to work at least 2 hours a month. Volunteer Service hours are a great addition to job resumes and college applications, and you may be able to earn extra credit at your school.

A Shelving Workshop is held for prospective volunteers on the first Wednesday of each month at 4pm in the Tabby Storytime Theater. New volunteers are required to attend one of our workshops before starting. To register for workshops and shelving timeslots, visit this calendar. Applications will be handed out at the workshop and must be signed by a parent.

The volunteer workshop consists of a review of the Huntington Beach Library Children's shelving system and policies, and a tour of the children's department and pre-shelving area. A short, simple alphabetizing test will be given after the meeting.

Volunteers are required to check in at the Children's Desk. A record of your volunteer hours will be kept on file for ONE year. Copies of these hours are available on request.


Homework Club Volunteers (Teens)

Help K-8 grade students succeed in school! Foster children’s confidence, build on interpersonal skills. Encourage and guide in problem solving skills in reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Learn and use online resources. Apply now! Math enthusiasts encouraged to apply. Teen volunteers must have excellent academic standing and be at least a high school Sophomore. All interested prospective tutors must complete the following before tutoring:

1. Complete and return the Youth Volunteer Application and return to the Homework Coordinator
2. Attend a mandatory Homework Club training meeting (dates/times will be emailed) 
3. Sign a Tutor Agreement and
4. Meet with the Homework Club Coordinator for a short interview. Must be available to participate during Homework Club program hours: Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Teens apply here. Interested Adults, 18 and over, apply here. (Adults, please note the minimum time commitment).

For more information email Denise Dien, Homework Club Coordinator.

Summer Reading Program

Teens (ages 12 and up) can volunteer to help out during the library's Summer Reading Program in a variety of ways. Slots will become available May 1st. Check our online calendar for availability.

Story Time and Reading Volunteer program : S.T.A.R.

S.T.A.R. is a program for anyone interested in working with and reading to children. S.T.A.R. Volunteers are trained in early literacy principles and story time structure, so they can conduct small group story times during the day at the Library. Our S.T.A.R. volunteers supplement our regular story times, giving children another opportunity to engage in reading.
STAR Volunteer Training: View the presentation online

Interested volunteers may fill out an application and contact the Children's staff at (714) 375-5107.



Did you know?

Huntington Beach has 75 parks and these parks have 754 acres!  You can find information about the City parks by viewing our City Parks Locator.

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