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Multnomah County Library: Volunteer as a Summer Reading Leader at North Portland Library

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Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter

Multnomah County Library’s Summer Reading Program is seeking Summer Reading Leaders!

Multnomah County Library’s Summer Reading is not only a reading incentive program, but the library’s largest teen engagement program. Summer Reading Leaders work closely with teen volunteers to give them a positive learning experience at our neighborhood libraries. A leader’s primary role is to assist with volunteer coordinator and to be a welcoming, supportive presence to our teen volunteers. We are currently recruiting a leader for North Portland Library. this is a great summer opportunity for a teen or young adult! Here is more information and next steps.

The Basics 

  • Stock, organize, and maintain the SR station
  • Train and mentor volunteers to do tasks related to SR including registration, prize distribution, and record-keeping
  • Cover shifts missed by volunteers
  • Contact and schedule volunteers to work open shifts
  • Assist with data entry and other tasks as needed

Special Skills & Qualifications 

  • Minimum age: Junior year in high school or older.
  • Motivated, proactive and able to work independently; responsible and dependable.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to coach and mentor teens from diverse backgrounds
  • Criminal check for those over 18; reference check if under 18

Time Commitment, Training, & Other Info. 

  • Commit 6-12 hours per week on a regular schedule
  • Volunteer from early June through early September
  • Volunteer most of the summer (gone no more than a couple of weeks)


  • Gain experience and skills working with children and teens
  • Gain experience in teen volunteer engagement at a public library
  • Learn more about library services and youth programs
  • Work with experienced library staff
  • Gain satisfaction from you work to encourage and support teens


Please complete an online volunteer application: either a youth application (under 18 years), or an adult application (18 years & over). Indicate your interest in the Summer Reading Leader opening at North Portland Library.


Bess Piñón, Program Coordinator
libvols@multcolib.org | 503-988-5731
Multnomah County Library

About the Organization

Multnomah County Library’s mission: Empowering our community to learn and create Multnomah County Library is a key community asset, serving people and enabling individual and community development. We use three-year strategic priorities to shape library services, programs and culture. As the world around us changes rapidly, we hold constant three pillars that define the library’s role and value in this community:

  • Free access for all
  • A trusted guide for learning
  • The leading advocate for reading

We make forward-thinking decisions to ensure that Multnomah County Library remains relevant for people of all ages and backgrounds and uses resources wisely. We will anticipate the changing needs of our community and adapt to provide the best service possible.

About the Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter

The Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter allows students, faculty, and staff at PCC a more comprehensive look at volunteer needs and opportunities from our community partners. Our hope is that the newsletter will allow subscribers to stay better informed about community service opportunities in the tri-county areas of Portland, Oregon, as well as non-profit internships and scholarships available locally and nationally.

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