Volunteer with London Public Library

Virtual R.E.A.D. Mentors

( ENGLISH and FRENCH Opportunities)

We hope every child can discover the joy and confidence that being a reader brings. Through emails and video chats our volunteers aim to help struggling and disinterested readers by using literacy-based games, crafts, and fun online reading material.

WHO: Our volunteers love to read, enjoy children, share a sense of fun, creativity and good communication skills in English, and are patient and caring. Volunteers for this role must speak English fluently but many of our R.E.A.D. Mentors speak a second language.  Volunteers for the French program use a mix of English and French based on their partners level of understanding.  We’re looking for people who are organized, able to work independently, and have basic computer skill are comfortable using technology. High school and university students, adults and volunteers of all ages make great R.E.A.D. volunteers!

WHEN: Training in June, sessions will run July – August (minimum 3 – month commitment)

  • 2 hours a week
  • Shifts are virtual ( using email and video calls)
  • You choose the time and day that works best for you.
Beyond the Book – Virtual One-on-one mentor program with Teens.

This program being offered by the London Public Library helps Teens in grades 9-12 who need to build a love of reading as well as gain confidence and conversational communication. They are matched with a post secondary student who, through emails and video chats, aims to help their partner with communication skills by chatting and using literacy-based activities.

WHO:  Volunteers for this program are doing their post-secondary education (University, or College) and are between the ages of 18-25. Our volunteers love to read, share a sense of fun,

can be creative problem solvers,  have good communication skills in English, and are patient and caring. Volunteers for this role must speak English fluently but many of our Mentors speak a second language.

We’re looking for people who are organized, able to work independently, and have basic computer skills and are comfortable using technology. 

WHEN: Training in June, sessions will run July – August (minimum 3 – month commitment)

  • 2 hours a week
  • Shifts are virtual ( using email and video calls)
  • You choose the time and day that works best for you.
More Information

To learn more about one or both of these programs, register for one of our virtual information sessions on Eventbrite ( see links below) .

These virtual sessions are hosted using the Zoom platform. You must attend an information session before you are invited to apply.

R.E.A.D. info session registration  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/106001407062

Beyond the Books info session registration : https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/149754673259


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