Volunteering at the library does not mean your kid has permission to climb the stacks (regardless how much he'd like to do so).

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The library is just the place to start volunteering if your little literature buff wants to take a love of reading to the next level. Many public libraries feature junior volunteer programs that allow children over a certain age the opportunity to help out with odd jobs around the stacks. For example, your child might be tasked with sorting books and returning them to the shelves or even helping out with toddler story time. Even very small kids can informally help by cleaning up the children's area, returning books to their proper places and practicing their "indoor" voices.