There are many ways to make a difference at Waukegan Public Library. Our volunteers tutor adult learners, provide homework help to high schoolers, assist in teaching classes, and more.

Volunteer with Literacy

Make a difference – become a volunteer tutor or class assistant! The Education and Literacy Services department offers a number of different opportunities.

The Adult Literacy Tutoring Program matches volunteer tutors with adults who want to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, math or to learn the English language. The program serves adult literacy students and tutoring usually involves a commitment of about three hours per week. Tutors work with students one-on-one or serve adult learners enrolled in classes under the direction of a paid instructor. Tutoring takes place in public places such as libraries or school sites throughout the county. To register for the next tutor training, or to learn more about literacy volunteering, please contact Josh Anderson at 847-623-2041 ext. 225 or via email.

Education and Literacy Services is also looking for English or Spanish speaking volunteer classroom assistants to work with our instructors in our classes and workshops.  Time commitment for these roles varies from 2 to 20 hours per month. To learn more about volunteering in one of our classes, please contact the Adult Learning Specialist at 847-775-2547.

Volunteer with Homework Help

Our popular homework help program serves students in grades K-12 and is in need of dedicated tutors passionate about helping students succeed. Students participate on a drop-in basis when they have specific questions or assignments, or they can participate regularly, committing to one hour per week and setting achievement goals which our tutors help them meet.

As a Homework Help tutor, you’ll work with students of various ages and skill levels on math, reading, writing, social studies, science, and more. Our tutors motivate students to try their best on homework by connecting it to their interests and goals. To learn more, call 847-775-2547.

Volunteer with the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library

The Friends of the Library work to support the library’s educational programming and leisure activities by managing our book sale and other activities. Click here to learn more about the work of the Friends and for information about joining the organization.