Volunteer to Read to Children through Book Start

April 5, 2017

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is seeking adult volunteers for its Book Start program, which brings Storytime fun to children in child care centers throughout Douglas County.

“Book Start has been a lifesaver for me in so many ways, as it brings the library to the children when I cannot provide that service to them at this time,” says Lori Hafner of Backyard Kids Preschool, a participating Book Start child care provider.

No experience is necessary to volunteer for the program. However, volunteers must attend a Book Start workshop, which provides a program orientation and offers tips and techniques to help volunteers learn to blend beautifully written books with simple songs and fingerplay. These activities offer an educational, fun, and playful way to connect with the day care children in this program.

“The kids really look forward to Mr. Steve’s visit every week, and the puppets are fantastic,” says Joey Dame of Back to Basics Preschool, a participating Book Start in-home child care provider. “He has become an integral part of my program, and the kids light up when he’s here on Thursdays (and everyone wants to come to school)!”

Interested volunteers can contact Kristin Davidson at or (303) 688-7658 to register for the next workshop, taking place Friday, April 28, 2017 in Castle Rock. Volunteers can also register for the workshop via

Douglas County Libraries is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. For more information, visit or call (303) 791-7323.