Library - Joyce Ellington Branch

Programmatic - Book Club Leader

Are you an avid reader looking for a rewarding way to connect with your community? San José Public Library is looking for enthusiastic readers interested in leading regular book discussions at the Library to create community through a shared love of books.

How You Will Make a Difference

Book Club Leaders play a pivotal role in bringing together our community through reading.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Understand how to search the SJPL catalog for titles that are widely available for people to access 
  • Select appropriate book titles for people to read together
  • Lead and facilitate book conversations with and between new people
  • Listen attentively and involve everyone in the discussion
  • Have basic skills for conducting meetings with SJPL staff support


  • Encourages lifelong learning to community readers
  • Connect with your community and provide a social connection
  • Gain experience with program management skills
  • Develop communication skills


  • Willingness to volunteer at least once a month for a 6-month duration
  • Willingness to be available at regularly scheduled times
  • Schedule is dependent on the availability of the volunteer

Prospective volunteers should:

  • Be comfortable in leading meetings and engaging with new people 
  • Be dependable, punctual, and responsible
  • Complete a fingerprint background check, at no cost to you. Only required if you are 18 years or older

Qualifications Required

  • Age Must be at least 18+
  • Oral and written communication skills in English Must be at least High