What is STAR?
STAR is a Los Angeles Public Library program that brings children and adults together from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to share in the joy of reading.
What is a STAR Volunteer Reader?
A STAR Volunteer Reader is a volunteer who reads books and tells stories with children at their local library. They serve as positive role models for children. They are at least 21 years old and commit 2 hours per week for at least 6 months. They are trained in a workshop on reading techniques that make books and stories come alive. A background check and fingerprinting is required and provided by the Library for all potential volunteer readers.
Why is STAR important?
This program emphasizes the joy of books and reading. Though it is an early literacy program, it is not a program meant to teach children to read. Sharing great books and stories with children teaches them important pre-reading skills and motivates them to want to learn to read.
How does this program help parents?
When your children read with a library STAR volunteer, they discover the world of books and the joy of reading. Studies show that children who are read aloud to learn to read more easily, read at a higher level, enjoy reading more and do better in school.