Volunteering

Volunteering at the library is an investment in your community. Many tasks take less than 2 hours a week and provide invaluable services. Our needs are varied, so don’t hesitate to ask if you have a special area of interest or expertise. For more information, contact your local branch.

Adult and Family Literacy Program

• One in five Americans can’t read well enough to meet daily needs. Literacy volunteers provide individual instruction in basic reading and writing skills. Volunteers are matched one-on-one to adult learners to help them develop their reading and writing skills.

Homebound Friends & Neighbors

Brighten the days for those who are homebound or residents of a retirement or healthcare facility by delivering to them books and other enjoyable library materials. The Homebound Delivery Program needs:

• Volunteers to deliver books to elderly or infirmed patrons in their homes- volunteer will need a car for deliveries – All mileage is tax-deductable.

• Volunteers for deliveries and pickups at various nursing homes, retirement communities, etc.

Adult Outreach & Services

• Conversations in English Match up neighbors to hone their Spanish or English conversational skills in informal, fun settings. Conversations are scheduled in the library.

• Spanish/English Translators Are you fluent in both English AND Spanish? Bilingual volunteers are needed for occasional translation and interpretation.

• Spanish Speakers for Community Outreach “Voluntarios hablan Español” assist with community outreach to Spanish Speakers.

• Community Information Organizer Help keep the community informed by posting information on bulletin boards around Town.

Family & Children’s Services

• Summer Reading Program Assistants Celebrate young readers for reaching their reading goals! Distribute prizes and lend a hand with program events.

• Crafty Helper Youth programs and prizes involve the periodic assistance of volunteers with the skills and equipment for special craft and sewing projects.

• Quicker Picker Upper In the Youth Room, little hands can make Easy Picture books quite messy. Help us keep the room and the collection clean and attractive by periodically straightening up the room after storytimes and wiping these materials clean.

Customer Service

• Shelving Materials Hardworking behind-the-scenes volunteers help in many ways, and few tasks are more important than accurately placing and locating materials in the library. Attention to detail a must.

Going Green

• Handyman Helpers Minor repairs by volunteers reduce library maintenance costs and allow you to put your fancy tools to good use! Tasks include changing light bulbs; minor repairs; touch-up painting; and moving furniture.

• Green Thumb Maintain indoor potted plants and trees for ambiance and oxygen.

• Recycling The library strives to be the best in “Green Government.” Recyclers transport materials from the library to proper recycling facilities. Volunteers will need a vehicle – All mileage is tax-deductable.

Computer Commons

• Computer Assistant Assist patrons at public computers. Training is provided but good computer and internet skills are needed. Shifts are 2-4 hours long and help is especially needed during library hours on weekends and on weekday afternoons.

The Critic

• Write book reviews, movie reviews, etc. to be published on our website. Training can be provided.

The Presenter

• Present programs or lead discussions on topics of interest or expertise.

The Merchandiser

• Organize and clean the sale shelves in the library.

Be a Friend

• Another great way to get involved with your library is by joining the Friends of the Library group and assisting them with their volunteer needs. Sorting donated books, recruiting new members, and donating items to be auctioned are just some of the ways that you can help the library through the Friends. Please contact your branch to find out how to get involved with your Friends group.

The Generalist

• Special Projects If your preferred area for volunteering is “Wherever the need is greatest,” this is the job for you. Computer skills are not a must. General project tasks that include a variety of clerical work for administration or branches and/or shifting materials in various collections.