Leading to Reading Volunteers

About the service

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

Through the assistance of adult and teen volunteers, the Leading to Reading service strives to turn reading and learning into a fun and positive experience. The service relies heavily on the assistance of volunteers. Volunteers admitted to the service 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 service 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 service 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 service the following qualifications are required:

Volunteer Benefits

Time and Place

The Volunteer and child meet for a maximum of 1 hour once a week at a dedicated library space during service hours under the supervision of library staff.

Locations and Hours

Leading to Reading operates in the following branches within the Toronto Public Library System:
Library Days and Hours
Agincourt
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca
Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Albert Campbell
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca

The Leading to Reading service at Albert Campbell will start in fall 2022.

Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Albion
416-394-5015
LTRwest@tpl.ca
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Barbara Frum
416-394-5015
LTRwest@tpl.ca
Mondays & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Bridlewood
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca

The Leading to Reading service at Bridlewood is full and not accepting applications at this time.

Tuesdays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Cedarbrae
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca
Tuesdays & Thursdays
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Downsview
416-394-5015
LTRwest@tpl.ca
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Eatonville
416-394-5015
LTRwest@tpl.ca
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Fairview
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca
Tuesdays & Thursdays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Flemingdon Park
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Jane/Sheppard
416-394-5015
LTRwest@tpl.ca
Tuesdays & Thursdays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Kennedy/Eglinton
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca
Mondays & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Lillian H. Smith
416-394-5015
LTRwest@tpl.ca
Thursday
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Malvern
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca
Mondays & Tuesdays
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Maria A. Shchuka
416-394-5015
LTRwest@tpl.ca
Mondays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Mount Dennis
416-394-5015
LTRwest@tpl.ca
Tuesdays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Parkdale
416-394-5015
LTRwest@tpl.ca
Wednesdays & Thursdays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Parliament
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Richview
416-394-5015
LTRwest@tpl.ca

The Leading to Reading service at Richview is full and not accepting applications at this time.

Tuesdays & Thursdays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Sanderson
416-394-5015
LTRwest@tpl.ca
Mondays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca
Tuesdays & Thursdays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
St. James Town
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca
Tuesdays & Thursdays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Thorncliffe
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m - 7:45 p.m.
Weston
416-394-5015
LTRwest@tpl.ca
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Woodside Square
416-396-3589
LTReast@tpl.ca
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Volunteer Application Form

To begin the application process please fill out an application form and submit it in person at your nearest local branch, or email it to LTRsubmissions@tpl.ca.

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

Volunteer Application Form (PDF Version)
Volunteer Application Form (Word Version)
Reference Letter Form - Personal or Family (Word Docx)
Reference Letter Form - Work Academic Volunteer (Word Docx)
Volunteer Profile (PDF)

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

East of Yonge Street

West of Yonge Street

COVID-19 Impacts

All Toronto Public Library volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine series, and will be required to show proof of vaccination before they can begin. For more information, please review TPL’s mandatory vaccination policy which is available on our website.