Leading to Reading

About the Program

Leading to Reading is a literacy-based program that assists children in Grades 1-6 who are struggling with reading.

Through the assistance of adult and teen volunteers, the Leading to Reading program strives to turn reading and learning into a fun and positive experience. The program relies heavily on the assistance of volunteers. Volunteers admitted to the program are paired off with a child who they meet with once a week, for an hour, at the library. Under the supervision and guidance of Leading to Reading staff, the volunteer assists the child with further developing their reading skills.

Volunteering with this program can be an extremely rewarding experience for both the volunteer and the child they work with. Helping children to gain experience and confidence in their reading ability will have a far reaching and lifelong impact on the child. It will also provide volunteers with a sense of achievement that they have helped their community. Volunteering with Leading to Reading is about giving your skills, time and energy freely and with enthusiasm.

Please note that volunteer hours gained by volunteering with this program qualify towards the forty hours community service graduation requirement for Ontario High School students.

What the Volunteer Does

As a Leading to Reading Volunteer you will be required to:

Volunteer Requirements

To qualify as a volunteer with the Leading to Reading program the following qualifications are required:

Volunteer Benefits


Leading to Reading operates in the following branches within the Toronto Public Library System:

Volunteer Application Form

To begin the application process please fill out an application form and submit it in person at your nearest local branch.

Please note: The volunteer Application process will take approximately three (3) months to complete.

Volunteer Application Form (PDF Version)
Volunteer Application Form (Word Version)
Volunteer Profile (PDF)

For more information about the program and/or becoming a Volunteer, contact:

East of Yonge Street

West of Yonge Street