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Voluntourism Spotlight: Reading to Children at Solana Beach Library

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sdcLocated along the Pacific Ocean, Del Mar is a coastal gem known for its beaches and world-renowned horse racing track. Home to the San Diego County Fair and only a short drive away from popular attractions, Del Mar offers travelers an intimate beach town experience with the perks of a major city. If you want to give back to the community on your next trip, Del Mar and San Diego have plenty of volunteer options. Travelers can volunteer their time by helping out at one of Del Mar’s local libraries. Check out the voluntourism opportunity below and remember to listen to the broadcast of the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show from Del Mar, California. Plus, don’t forget to check out our archive for all kinds of voluntourism opportunities.

The Solana Beach Library is one of many branches of the greater San Diego County Library, which circulates over 11 million books and offers free activities and educational programs for thousands of visitors every year.

Located in Del Mar, the Solana Beach Library first opened in 1925 inside a grocery store. After moving around to a few more locations, the library opened its doors inside a middle school in 2001. Today, it is home to hundreds of books, art activities, book clubs, and language classes.

If you’re visiting Del Mar and need a break from the beach, you can volunteer at the Solana Beach Library. The librarians have many programs for the local community, including reading books to children, tutoring adult literacy learners, and assisting with branch events.

Volunteers must be over 14 years old and if the volunteer is between the ages of 14 and 16, the library does require a parental permission form. Be sure to contact them ahead of time, as volunteers must get a background check, attend an orientation, and receive training.

Click here to learn more about volunteering at the Solana Beach Library.

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