Inspiring Confident Readers
Creating Published Authors
Giving Away Books
Supporting Our Stores
We Couldn't Do It Without Volunteers

Reading Coach

  • Coach 1-2 elementary school students in our Reading Buddies program for an entire semester!
  • Volunteer reading coaches venture out into the city to a school site twice each week, for an hour each day.

Writing Coach

  • Coach students of all ages as they develop and build confidence around the skill of writing!
  • Join our school-based ReadThenWrite program and commit to an 8 week session with the same students, or coach in our Creative Writing Workshops 2-3 times per month with different students each time.
  • Join one of our in-school volunteer corps, or coach at our West Loop location!

Bookstore Volunteer

  • Support Open Books operations (and satisfy your inner book nerd at the same time) by sorting, shelving, or mailing donated books!
  • Maintain a flexible schedule and volunteer at our West Loop Bookstore (651 W. Lake St.) or our Pilsen Warehouse (905 W. 19th St.) in 2-hour shifts during store hours.

To get started volunteering, sign up for an info session! If you have more questions, please email Alison Gerber at [email protected]!