Library - Rose Garden Branch

Programmatic - Baby Lapsit Storytime Assistant

Do you enjoy working with small children? Would you like to help create a fun and inclusive learning environment for children and their families? If so, join our team of volunteers at the Rose Garden Branch Library as a Baby Lapsit Storytime Assistant!

How You Will Make a Difference

Storytimes are a library's bread-and-butter: it is the source of not only early learning for young children ages 0-5, but also where families come to connect with others in the neighborhood and create community. You will be integral to helping create a warm, engaging, fun, and inclusive space for families of all types from all over. You will also be an ambassador of the San Jose Public Library, as storytimes are often the gateway for many families to their local public library.

Volunteers will be asked to:

  • Help the storytime librarian set up the storytime space (set out cushions and toys)
  • Greet families as they arrive into the storytime space
  • Take tickets and maintain a headcount of all attendees
  • Help monitor the space to ensure patron safety
  • Provide assistance to patrons, as needed
  • Be an enthusiastic participant, providing a role model for young children by joining in with fingerplays and singing songs


We ask all our volunteers to be dedicated and punctual. Volunteers must contact the library directly ahead of time if they must cancel or if they will be late. Required commitment involves:

  • Weekly Baby Lapsit Storytime on Tuesdays from 10:30AM-12:30PM
  • A minimum of 6 months committed


  • Age 15 or over
  • Fingerprint clearance required for volunteers 18 or over
  • Responsible, dependable, and punctual
  • Able to compassionately communicate with parents and young children

Qualifications Required

  • Age Must be at least 15+
  • Online Orientation for On-site Volunteers Completed Must be Yes
  • Oral and written communication skills in English Must be at least High