Volunteer at the Library

To learn more about how you can volunteer at the James V. Brown Library, contact our Volunteer Coordinator: Allison Savage, or by calling (570) 326-0536 extension 153. You can also submit our Online Volunteer Application below.

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.

Volunteer Application

Here are just a few of the volunteer opportunities offered at the James V. Brown Library:

 

  • Youth Services: Volunteers who would be willing to share their time with our younger patrons., such as a model car construction activity, a bi-lingual program, homework help or SAT preparation classes.
  • Microfilm Researcher: Local historians have the opportunity to research microfilm requests, in addition to assisting patrons in the Rotunda Room of the Library.
  • Computer Help Desk Assistant: This volunteer assists patrons with computer questions and troubleshooting.
  • Technical Services Assistant: Help the staff  in cataloging, labeling, and covering the new materials.
  • Bibliotopia Help Desk: This volunteer helps patrons locate books and operate the self-checkouts.
  • Circulation Shelving Assistant:Help our staff work on a team to check in, sort, organize and shelve books, DVDs, CDs, and other items.
  • 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 Home Delivery: 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.
  • SeniorTek Instructor: 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. Members must be over 50 years of age, and willing to commit to one year of service.

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.

State Clearance – https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Child Abuse Clearance – https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

Fingerprints (required if you’ve lived in Pennsylvania less than 10 years and will be volunteering regularly with youth under 18 years old) www.pa.cogentid.com//index_dpw.htm

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.