You Can Change Lives--Including Your Own


Adult volunteering at the Portola Valley LibraryBenefits to Volunteering?

There is so much to gain when you volunteer. If you're not convinced, check out United Way’s list of benefits and  National and Community Service's list,  including health benefits

Are your kids too old to sit and listen to picture books? Do you love reading aloud, singing songs, or providing a strong foundation for a child’s future success? Are you interested in modeling reading habits for parents?

Share your love of literature, your hope for the future, your civic commitment to inspire those around you. You can work with your local library to assist with storytimes in the branch or you can help us go out into the community, reading at preschools, clinics, and more!


Don’t be! We’ll make sure you’re prepared. We are holding a training on Saturday August 28th at Millbrae Library. It will last just two and a half informative, fun-packed hours and you’ll meet other volunteers as well. Sign up by visiting the Atherton VolunteerMatch posting—if you want to volunteer for a different library, that’s great. Just let us know.

Story Time’s Not the Right Fit?

The library is a great place to volunteer because we can accommodate so many interests and strengths—that’s just part of the public library’s vision to help people connect, discover, and evolve. Some opportunities can be found on our volunteer page; still others can be found one each of our library’s VolunteerMatch pages: to give you a sense of the possibilities view the Atherton and Brisbane openings.


If you want to talk more in person and learn about more ways to give back at the library, you’re invited to the Atherton Volunteer Appreciation & Open House Reception Thursday August 19th beginning at 1:30pm. Drop by and learn more.


Author Bio:

Carine Risley once upon a time worked for America Reads and now manages the Atherton and Brisbane Libraries.

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