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volunteer opportunities


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Cuyahoga County Public Library. Please complete our volunteer application if you are interested in volunteering. We look forward to seeing you soon!

If you have any questions or would like more information about our volunteer opportunities, please email us at or call our Volunteer Coordinator at 216.749.9400.

1-2-3 READ

In-person and virtual volunteer opportunities available
Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are far more likely to perform poorly in school and eventually drop out. We must do all we can to keep struggling readers from falling behind. Through our 1-2-3 READ program, we partner with local school districts to identify at-risk students in grades K – 3 and help them get back on track. Students enrolled in the program visit their local library branch two times per week after school. There, they practice their reading skills with both in-person and virtual volunteers and take part in literacy-based games and activities.
Volunteer requirements:
  • Complete our online volunteer application.
  • Complete a background check.
  • Attend a volunteer training session.
  • Be at least 14 years old.

Homework Centers

In-person volunteer opportunities available
Our award-winning after-school Homework Centers program has impacted the lives of thousands of at-risk students in grades K – 8. Through the program we seek not only to help improve students' grades and subject comprehension, but also to improve their attitudes toward school and increase their self-esteem. Students who participate in the program receive homework assistance from volunteers in the following school subjects:
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social studies
Students also take part in educational games and activities designed to foster a lifelong love for learning. We currently offer the Homework Centers program at 10 Cuyahoga County Public Library branches. We're looking for people who are interested in helping students better understand their homework assignments and improve their subject comprehension. If your volunteer application is accepted, Cuyahoga County Public Library will provide you with the necessary training to become a Homework Centers program tutor.
Volunteer requirements:


In-person volunteer opportunities available
Help students ages 11 to 18 explore 21st-century skills. Open yourself to a new experience working in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math (aka STEAM). Cuyahoga County Public Library is excited to recruit volunteers with a desire to engage with students and help generate their curiosity in STEAM programs.
Volunteer requirements:

Friends of the Library

Another way to get involved in your community is to join a local Friends of the Library group. Cuyahoga County Public Library has 25 Friends of the Library groups who volunteer their time and energy to help raise funds to support Library programs, exhibitions, special events and more. 


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