Monday, August 20, 2012

Volunteers Needed!

Are you age 13 or older? Do you like putting things in order? Hunting for lost items? Creating craft samples? Reading and reviewing books? Are you interested in seeing what it's like to work in a library? Are you free at least two hours per week? Then please keep reading.....

Volunteering in the Children's Department is not just a summertime event. We can use volunteer help all year long. Opportunities during the school year include:
  • Circulation: including, but not always limited to: emptying the outside book drops; checking in items; sorting items for shelving; taking full book carts upstairs.
  • Shelving: including, but not always limited to: shelving j fiction, jE fiction and readers, graphics, folk tales, and media; pulling books for withdrawal and display; finding books on the shelf using paging slips.
  • Adopt-a-Shelf: adopting a particular subject or section and keeping it in alphabetical or numerical order; pulling books for display; alerting staff to books that are out of date, worn, or damaged.
  • Reviewer: reading books from the collection and writing brief reviews for our social media sites (blog, Goodreads, Facebook); volunteer must able to submit at least two reviews per month.
  • Program Assistant: Nice Threads (for applicants who have experience with needle work): setting up for the program; assisting children ages 8+ with independent needle work projects; cleaning up after the program (must be available first and third Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 pm starting September 20).
  • Program Assistant: LEGO Club: setting up for the program; supervising children ages 7-12 during the program; cleaning up after the program (must be available second and fourth Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 pm starting September 27).
Benefits of volunteering include:
  • your own library card
  • canvas book bag (while supplies last)
  • seeing new titles as soon as they come in
  • free rentals on DVDs, video games, and audio books
  • no overdue fines (although volunteers are still responsible for replacing any lost/damaged items)
  • school/church/scout community service credits
  • discovering how a pubic library works from the inside out
  • the undying gratitude of library staff
If you are interested in volunteering, please print out the application and drop it off in the Children's Department (or mail it to the address on the application). Questions? Please contact Michele at 610.688.7092 x214 or We hope to see you at the library this year!

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