Book Buddies

Spend an afternoon reading to local preschool students!


Book Buddies connects one-time volunteers with local preschool students at Friday afternoon reading events throughout the winter and spring. Book Buddies events provide a mix of large group and small group reading opportunities and arts & crafts time to complement the selected books for an afternoon of fun and merriment! 

Book Buddies is run in partnership with the Evanston Public Library (EPL), Northwestern’s Jumpstart program, and local Evanston preschools. EPL and Jumpstart staff provide volunteer orientation and support for all Book Buddies events. 

Sample Book Buddies Schedule


Volunteer check in and orientation


Whole group circle time lead by Evanston Public Library staff


Small group reading with volunteers


Craft and activity time


Clean up and volunteer debrief


Volunteer Expectations

Volunteers are asked to arrive on time and stay throughout the entire event. Volunteers should bring a government issued photo-ID (driver’s license, state ID, or passport) to complete a background check authorization form on site. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. 

Upcoming Events

Book Buddies events take place most Friday afternoons in February, April, and May. See the schedule below for upcoming events and locations: 

Sign Up Form

Sign up for a Book Buddies event here

Signing up for an event via the above form reserves your volunteer space. Volunteers will receive a reminder email with final the week of the event. 

Email us at and we’ll be in touch with last minute volunteer openings as they become available!