Program Opportunities

Do you want to work with kids? Do you have weekday availability? Click the drop down bar to learn more!

Program Details
ProgramWhat?Where?When?
Reading BuddiesBe an enthusiastic reading coach for 1-2 elementary students.Select schools across the city.Twice-weekly, on weekdays, during the school year. Commit for an entire semester.
ReadThenWriteHelp guide a teenage author through book discussion, memoir-writing, and the editing process, then celebrate their published work at the end of the program.Select schools across the city.Twice-weekly, on weekdays, during the school year. Commit for an entire session (8-16 weeks).
Creative Writing WorkshopsHelp young authors turn their life experiences into prose, poetry, and slam poetry.Open Books West Loop.Two-hour sessions on weekday mornings, year-round. Sign up as your schedule permits.
Publishing AcademyJoin a teenage author for the magical journey from blank page to published novel, providing encouragement and editing along the way.Open Books West Loop.Three mornings a week during a summer session (4 weeks). Commit for the entire session.

Store Opportunities

Do you want to work in one (or both) of our two retail locations? Click the drop down bar to find out more!

Store Details
LocationAddressHoursWhen?
West Loop651 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661
Various shifts during regular store hours (Mon - Sat 9 am - 7 pm, Sun Noon - 6 pm).Sign up for the shifts your schedule permits.
Pilsen905 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Various shifts during regular store hours (Wed - Sun 10 am - 4 pm) and warehouse hours (Mon - Fri 9 am - 4 pm)Sign up for the shifts your schedule permits.

Corporate Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in creating an ongoing partnership between Open Books and your company or organization? Please fill out this application and reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator, Alison Gerber at 312.475.1355 x119 or [email protected] Click here to find out more!


Have questions about volunteering? Let us know!

[email protected]
312.475.1355 x 119

Check out an upcoming

New Volunteer Info Session below!

1.) RSVP for an upcoming Info Session you chose and learn about our current opportunities.
2.) After you’re all informed, you’ll have the opportunity to attend an orientation for any (or all!) of our departments: Programs, West Loop, and Pilsen, while we perform. Complete a background check form and get you all ready to go.
3.) Attend a program-specific orientation
4.) Get volunteering!

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with Open Books. 
 
To get involved this fall as a volunteer, please complete this form and sign up for one of our August info sessions. 

If you’re interested in working directly with students and taking on some added responsibility, Literacy Internships are also available!
Learn more and apply now.