Last year, Diana, a student at North Seattle College who is studying pediatric trauma nursing, reached out to us because she wanted to volunteer for our brand-new Storytime volunteer opportunity. We paired her up with a class of 3 and 4-year-olds at the UCUCC Child Care Program for a twice-a-
month volunteer placement.
“The most rewarding part of being a Storytime volunteer is seeing the kids learn to love reading. At every session, their faces light up when I come in with new books,” said Diana. “They’ll run up to me, look at the title and I’ll talk with them about the parts of the book (the spine, the pages, the front/back cover,) and they’re intrigued! The kids have also begun to relate the books to their own lives–recalling times they have felt happy or sad as a main character may feel, or identifying that they’ve eaten the same food or done the same activities as a character.”
Thank you, Diana for inspiring these young soon-to-be readers. We are setting up new Storytime volunteer partnerships this summer to start in the fall. Interested in learning more? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-526-7944. Thank you to Third Place Books for curating our Storytime book list with inspired read-aloud books with diverse characters.