Volunteer

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.

Are you interested in volunteering with our students? Please fill out this form and we will let you know about our exciting opportunities for reading and writing coaches in Fall 2018

Are you interested in volunteering in our stores? Please email Alison Gerber at [email protected] to hear about current openings and to get started!