Volunteers are at the heart of the success of the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

The library has dedicated volunteers who gave nearly 5,000 hours in 2018. These volunteers work with Leslie Bowman, Volunteer Coordinator, who meets with volunteers to determine their interests and the best way they can assist at the library.

“The library welcomes the opportunity to work with people who have knowledge, experience, and energy to share,” said Bowman. “Committed, enthusiastic volunteers help the library maintain the high level of service our library provides to its patrons.”

There are many ways to volunteer at the library. Some include:

·         Youth Services: Share your time with our younger patrons.

·         Microfilm Researcher: Assist patrons in the Rotunda Room of the Library.

·         Computer Help Desk Assistant: Assist patrons with computer questions and troubleshooting.

·         Technical Services Assistant: Help staff with cataloging, labeling, and covering new materials.

·         Circulation Shelving Assistant: Help staff with sorting, organizing, and shelving books, DVDs, CDs, and other items.

·         Program Facilitator: Share a hobby, interest, or vocation 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.

The library also has an active Friends of the James V. Brown Library group, which has its own volunteering opportunities in sorting books for the spring and fall book sales, working in the bookstore, planning Book Review Luncheon presenters, and assisting with newsletter mailings. For more information about becoming a Friends member, visit https://jvbrown.edu/about-the-friends/.

Volunteers also assist with students to provide free one-on-one tutoring as they improve their literacy skills, prepare for college entrance or entry into the workplace, and use newly learned skills to meet self-identified goals.

All adult library volunteers are required to have State Police background checks and child abuse clearances; links are available at https://jvbrown.edu/volunteer-with-us/.

Bowman also is working with Kendra Billman, the library’s teen programming assistant, to create a new “Volunteen” program to serve middle and high school students seeking volunteer opportunities.

“We are excited to work with students who are seeking volunteer hours for National Honor Society membership, homeschoolers, and college students,” Bowman said. Many volunteen hours will be available on weekends and during the summer months in the children and teen areas of the library.

The Brown Library is part of a national “Libraries Transform” effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the information needs of their users.  

Visit https://jvbrown.edu/volunteer-with-us/ or call Bowman at 570-326-0536, ext. 134 for more information becoming a volunteer at the library.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.