Volunteer at the Library
The James V. Brown Library is dedicated to cultivating connections within our community. These connections sustain and grow the Library’s role in the community. As our community expands, and our needs change, the Library’s enthusiasm for its volunteers continues to GROW!
To learn more about how you can volunteer at the James V. Brown Library…
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator: Laura Ferringer. Or, call (570) 326-0536 extension 153.
You can also apply by submitting our Online Volunteer Application or by completing a Volunteer Application at the Adult Circulation Desk at the Library.
Volunteers are selected based on availability, as well as individual qualifications and interests. The application process includes an interview, orientation, and training. All volunteers are required to have clear Criminal History and Child Abuse background checks.
The Library also welcomes high school and college students who are in need of service hours, who are considering a career in library sciences, or who want to get a feel for the job world. The Library is a great place to gain valuable work and service experience.
We appreciate our wonderful volunteers! Committed, enthusiastic people help maintain and strengthen the high level of service our patrons expect and deserve. Here are just a few of the volunteer opportunities offered at the James V. Brown Library…
- Youth Services
The Library is seeking volunteers who would be willing to share their time with our younger patrons. The following ideas could include, but are not limited to, a model car construction activity, a bi-lingual program, homework help or SAT preparation classes.
- Information Services – Microfilm Researcher/Rotunda Room Aide
Local historians have the opportunity to research microfilm requests, in addition to assisting patrons in the Rotunda Room of the Library.
- Information Services – Computer Area Assistant
Stationed at the computer help desk in the computer area of the Library, this volunteer assists patrons with computer questions and troubleshooting. The volunteer must be knowledgeable with Microsoft Works.
- Technical Services Assistant
Help the staff welcome new books, DVDs and other resources that arrive at the Library. Assist in cataloguing, labeling, and covering the new materials.
- Customer Service – Adopt-a-floor Attendant
By taking responsibility for a floor, this volunteer shelves items, returns stray books, fills displays, straightens and keeps the area neat and tidy. Attendants may also help with dusting, and could be asked to assist with inventory projects as needed.
- Customer Service – Bibliotopia Floor Monitor
Working out of the basement level Bibliotopia fiction collection, this volunteer helps patrons locate books and operate the self-checkouts. The volunteer also monitors the new Think Tank Cafe.
- Customer Service – Circulation Shelving Assistant
Help our staff work on a team to check in, sort, organize and shelve books, DVDs, CDs, and other items. We need your help in keeping our items in order so that it is easy and convenient for our patrons to find what they seek.
This volunteer, gracious and friendly, is stationed at one of the Library’s entrances. A Greeter/Usher should be knowledgeable about the Library, familiar with the staff, and able to accompany a patron to different areas of the Library.
The James V. Brown Library also offers occasional volunteer opportunities…
- Information Services – Outreach
This exciting opportunity allows a volunteer to occasionally assist with the Bookmobile. Requested only as needed, this service has a time commitment of 9.5 hours for the day.
- Event Greeters
During a special program or event, this volunteer is stationed at one of the Library’s main entrances. Greeters welcome and direct visitors to the proper location of scheduled events.
- Tour Guide
A tour guide is available as needed to conduct tours of the Library. This volunteer should be friendly and knowledgeable, able to speak clearly in front of a group for approximately an hour, and willing to lead the group on a walking tour around the Library. Tour guides will receive training about the purpose and the history of the Library.
- Program Facilitator
If you have a hobby, interest, or vocation that you could share with the community, the Library would like to work with you to establish a one-time program, or a series of programs, that best serve our patrons and the community.
- BRAVO (Bringing Reading to All through Volunteer Outreach)
This volunteer partners with a homebound reader, establishing a relationship to develop a clear understanding of the reader’s interests and needs. The volunteer will deliver requested materials at a mutually beneficial delivery time.
Additional volunteer services include…
- Literacy Tutors
Following 12 hours of standardized training, tutors are matched with an adult over the age of 18 who wants to concentrate on improving reading and other basic skills. Tutors can also be matched with someone whose primary language is not English, but would like to learn English with the guidance and supervision of the tutor/student coordinator.
- SeniorNet: Instructor, Coach or Advisory Board Member
Instructors provide basic computer direction to adults over age 50, based on a set curriculum, with training on both the curriculum and software. Class size is 8-10 students. Coaches provide individual help to the Instructor and to students in the SeniorNet classes. Advisory Board Members help manage the SeniorNet Learning Center program by establishing the training agenda, promoting the program, recruiting and training volunteers, and establishing fees and planning for the long term continuation of the program. Members must be over 50 years of age, and willing to commit to one year of service.
- Friends of the Library, Friends Favorites Bookstore & Sellers
Help to preserve and strengthen the James V. Brown Library, and to create awareness and appreciation of library services through publicity, fundraising and advocacy programs. The Friends of the Library organization sponsors book review luncheons, book sales, author events, exhibits, and other activities.If you enjoy organizing and categorizing, the Friends need you! Our crew of book sorters brings order to the thousands of books donated throughout the year for our store, Friends Favorites, and for our annual book sale.If you are more of a people person, and enjoy interacting and helping others directly, a Friends Favorites Bookstore position may be just the volunteer opportunity for you. You can work in our bright, cheery used bookstore on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing.
Join the Friends
Become part of our growing volunteer program at the James V. Brown Library…
Contact Laura Ferringer, Volunteer Coordinator, at (570) 326-0536 extension 153.