National Volunteer Week, April 23 to 29, 2017, provides an opportunity to recognize and thank the hundreds of volunteers who contribute their time, and expertise to departments throughout the City of Escondido. More than 300 volunteers assist with projects across the Library and Community Services Department alone.

At the Escondido Public Library, more than 200 volunteers assist with tasks including, but not limited to, teaching adults how to read and improve their literacy skills; shelving and processing materials; instructing children in the sport of chess; and working in the Friends of the Library bookstore sorting and selling used books. Community Services volunteers assist at the Park Avenue Community Center serving meals to seniors as well as Kit Carson Park coaching hockey and soccer leagues. This invaluable support allows staff to spend more time serving patrons and the community.

For more information on volunteer opportunities with the Escondido Public Library, contact Volunteer Coordinator Cookie Allen at 760-839-4819 or at Volunteer openings are also posted on the Library’s website at For information about opportunities within Community Services, contact Janet Rulien at 760-839-4522 or at