Become a Library Volunteer
The Library is always accepting volunteer applications from members grade 6 through adult. To get started, complete the appropriate application and, if you are an adult, a background check form, located below and return them to any public service desk at the Library. If you are volunteering as part of a court-ordered community service requirement, please include the number of community services hours needed, the deadline for their completion, and the offense committed.
Our volunteers assist in many capacities throughout the Library, depending on department needs. Feel free to indicate particular areas of interest on your application! Some of the common tasks as assigned include:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Checks in materials. Checks out materials to patrons. Prepares page lists and items to be lent to other libraries. Assists staff in other tasks as assigned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Greet and warmly welcome attendees at library events; distribute program information; orient patrons to the library or event site by pointing out locations of coat closet, restrooms, water fountain, handout table, etc.; be available to answer questions and direct patrons as needed. Events typically take place on weekday evenings. Some weekend events may need volunteers.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Shelve books, DVDs, CDs; organize magazines and newspapers; assist with upkeep/order of shelves; help retrieve items for Interlibrary Loan pick list. Knowledge of alphabet required. Dewey Decimal System training provided.
Technical Services/Book Processing
Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Work behind the scenes to assist with the processing of materials, book repair, processing discarded materials, & repair of AV materials. Other duties and project work as assigned. Book repair work includes: replacing worn and dirty book jackets, repairing of broken spines/using the book binding equipment, repairing of loose pages in materials, and working with individual departments to make decisions on whether to replace or repair materials. Discard work includes: stamping materials with DISCARD stamp, removing pockets, targets, and date-due slips from items.
Specific Volunteer Opportunities
Homebound Delivery Driver
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Deliver and pick up library items as requested by homebound patrons. Work with library staff and patrons to schedule deliveries and pickups. While on the delivery, volunteers will talk with patrons about upcoming library programs and assist homebound patron with program paperwork.
Skills and Experience: Volunteer must possess valid driver's license and be able to use their own vehicle to make deliveries. The position requires the ability to carry/lift medium weights of library materials. The ideal volunteer will exhibit a pleasant, courteous manner, and have a sincere desire to help people who cannot come into the library access and use materials. Excellent communication skills are a must.
Maker Space Ambassador
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Assisting with tours, helping to create materials for the public (such as informational sheets or project tutorials), answering patron questions, helping run or repair the machines, assisting with marketing the Studio, and creating projects for the public to see. No experience needed! All that is required is a willingness to learn our Maker Studio machines, and an enthusiastic attitude when assisting staff and patrons.
Web Designer/Graphic Artist/IT Assistant
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Use your tech and design savvy to benefit your library! We are always looking for great design ideas for our library website and print materials and could use a hand implementing them. Based on your skills and interests, we can work together to tailor your assignments. Projects may include: designing logos and other brand marks for Library events/programs; incorporating new web tools (Flickr, del.icio.us, toolbars) into the library website; creating promotional flyers and signage; creating Library blogs; expanding the Library's web presence.
Skills and Experience: For a position with a web/IT emphasis, we are looking for someone with HTML and CSS knowledge, some web construction/design experience, and a willingness to play with new technology. If print design is your strength, the ideal volunteer will have knowledge of MS Publisher, Adobe Photoshop or other publishing software, some design experience, and a creative spirit! Organizational skills, creativity, and communication skills are essential.