Whether you want the chance to make a difference in someone’s life, make friends and have fun, or gain professional experience, the Library is a place where you can share your skills and talents.
A variety of volunteer opportunities are available:
Homework Help Tutor
Second Start Literacy Program Tutor
Computer Tutor (English and Spanish)
Donated Materials Collection Area
Friends of the Covina Public Library
Friends of the Library
Looking for a way to give back to the community? Consider joining the Friends of the Library.
The Covina Library Fund, Inc., is a tax exempt foundation dedicated to raising money for the Second Start Literacy program and other services of the Covina Public Library. Future activities may include a direct-mail campaign, a major gifts solicitation effort and support of a library capital project.
Local Fundraisers and eScrip
Support your library by joining us for any of the fundraisers scheduled. Visit the library for more information and schedule of events.
Support your library by signing up and selected Covina Library Fund! The Covina Public Library, through the library foundation, will receive up to 5% of any purchase made with the eScrip card at Fresh and Easy or Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ. Want to shop online? Any purchase with registered merchants will also help your library!
Do you have books, CD's, DVD's, or audio books that you no longer use? The Covina Public Library is happy to accept good quality material donations on an appointment basis!
Material donations provide an important source of growth, enrichment and funding for the Library. Material donations assist the Library in adding important titles to the collection, meeting the demand for multiple copies of popular titles, and and often serve as replacements for lost or damaged materials. If donations are not suitable for the collection, they will be used in other ways to support the Second Start Literacy Program and The Friends of the Covina Public Library.
If you have materials you would like to donate, please call (626) 384-5297 to schedule a drop-off. Drop-off appointments are available Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am- 12:45 pm.
While the Library appreciates all donations, there are specific guidelines for donating materials. Materials must be in good condition, free of odor, mold, bugs, damage, etc. Materials must be in clean paper/plastic bags or boxes.
Materials most highly desired:
- Hardcover fiction (2005-Present)
- Hardcover nonfiction, especially gardening, self-help, health
- Children’s books
Other acceptable materials:
- Reference materials
- Cliff or Monarch Notes
- VHS Tapes, DVDs, CDs and Audio Books and Tapes
- Puzzles with all pieces in original undamaged box
- Textbooks and Teachers’ manuals
- Weekly news and investment magazines that are time sensitive
- Pornographic material
Second Start Literacy Program
Help Struggling Readers Get a Second Start
Readers get a Second Start through the Covina Public Library's Second Start Literacy Program which helps students succeed in several areas. Through our literacy services, adult learners have acquired the necessary English and reading skills which in turn have enabled them to pass exams such as the Citizenship Test and the Certified Nursing Assistant Test. Second Start also provides the tools our students need to be successful in higher education programs at local colleges and universities. In addition, our literacy services have helped students obtain better jobs. Some of our recent successes include D. Nicolopaulou, who received her Certified Nursing Assistant Certification; Lydia L., who passed her Citizenship Test; and S. Kang; who was accepted to Western University’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program. The Literacy Program currently serves 61 adults and 36 children with 29 tutors. “Through the Literacy Program and its tutors, my son Jody Iniguez once a struggling student, has excelled in Reading and Writing. Thanks to the program, Jody is now among one of the top students in his class, his reading and writing scores are ranked the highest in his class. I want to thank everyone involved in making the tutoring program such a useful resource.”
German Iniguez, Parent of successful Second Start student
Help support the Second Start Literacy Program by volunteering your time to pass on the joy of reading. For more information, click here