Volunteer! Start where you are. Use what you have. Do What you can. ~Arthur Ashe

A volunteer is someone who recognizes a need, gives time, effort or talent to a need or cause without benefitting monetarily. Volunteering is a great way to give back to our community and expand your horizons. It is also a great way to have fun, help others, and feel good about yourself!

Requirements for being a Volunteer:

All volunteers are required to complete a criminal history and child abuse clearance. The application process includes an interview, orientation, and training. It is most beneficial if you can volunteer for a regularly scheduled minimum of 2 hours per week for a long term commitment.

What a Volunteer does at the James V Brown Library:

See below for job descriptions!

Research Assistant

Summary: This position provides research assistance for the Executive Director of the Library. It involves solid research skills to search for quality information on an assigned topic, gathering and organizing information, and presenting it in a user friendly format.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following list is representative of the typical duties and responsibilities performed. The volunteer’s actual duties and responsibilities may vary slightly depending on department needs and individual assignments.

  • Thoroughly research topics on a given subject

  • Gather and organize information

  • Present information in a user friendly format

Education, Experience and Qualifications Required: Research skills, information literacy, professionalism, and confidentiality.

Business Office Volunteer

Summary: Volunteer in the business office of the Library.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following list is representative of the typical duties performed. The volunteer’s actual duties may vary slightly depending on department needs.

  1. Prepare vendor files for the new year.

  2. Put prior year’s files into boxes for storage.

  3. Help organize business office storage in vintage storage room.

  4. Put vendor checks in envelopes to be mailed.

  5. File paid bills in vendor files.

  6. Go through vendor files to make sure paid bills are in the correct files.

  7. Assist Leslie Bowman with compiling office supplies/stock orders.

  8. Put away the office supplies/stock orders in business office cabinets.

IT - Maintenance

Summary: This position provides basic cleaning and maintenance of the public computers in both the adult and teen areas.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following list is representative of the typical duties and responsibilities performed. The volunteer’s actual duties and responsibilities may vary slightly depending on department needs and individual assignments.

  • Wipe down desks, keyboards, monitors and mice.

  • Make sure all computer cables and power cords are plugged in tightly.

 

Education, Experience and Qualifications Required: Basic custodial knowledge

Youth Services

Summary: The main role of the program aid will be assisting all members of the youth service program department with duties and needs as assigned to support effective, engaging youth programming in the community. Varying tasks will change depending on the requirements of the library during that season. This flexible person may help with program clean up and set up, disinfecting early learning area, cutting materials, or preparing and formatting learning extension sheets. The department will compile a monthly list of supportive practices and tasks that changes as both needs and demands change. This person may be the program aid assistant with summer learning camps, homemade holiday gifts in December, or facilitate self-guided stations in the creativity zone, assisting with teen/tween book displays, expanding our interactive spaces by making season paint chips for word wall. The program aid should possess a positive attitude and a sincere desire to work with children of all ages in our community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following list is representative of the typical duties and responsibilities performed. The volunteer’s actual duties and responsibilities may vary slightly depending on department needs and individual assignments.

Creativity Zone facilitator for building buddies, and other STEM activities (once a month, both a night shift and a weekend shift rotation is preferable to expand our current program reach)

Tween and Teen Volunteer to assistant with peer to peer advisory, program prep and clean up/ duties include disinfecting toys, cleaning tables and chairs

Baby/Toddler Safe Volunteer Program; sterilize toys and help prep and clean program rooms (once a month)

December Homemade Holiday Gift Prep; this is the one time during the year that assistance with preparing DIY crafts would be helpful. Most of our programs are process orientated, and therefore we do not prepare many crafts ahead of time. Our goal is to promote children’s learning and not take away a learning opportunity for a child to cut on their own, and build their muscles in their hands using scissors. In December we try to make more gifts to give away, so extra prep would be helpful. (1 or 2 weeks in December)

Program Aid Assistant with Summer Camps; helping to set up, clean up, assist with attendance and nametags and general classroom maintenance and help facilitate group work (2 weeks in summer; June and end of July to beginning of August)

Program Aid Assistant will help with Summer Reading/Quest registration, distribution of prizes, and transcribe children’s book reviews onto bookmarks and place into children’s picks book displays. (June, and August time frames)

Program Aid Assistant may become a Storymobile extender guest reader, or facilitate programming based on volunteer’s strengths, individual skill set, and community need that extends current staff reach after 6 months.

Education, Experience and Qualifications Required: Should possess a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development or related discipline from an accredited college or university. Additionally, should possess a thorough understanding of the role libraries play in the educational arena and as a community agency for successful families. Life and work experience will be considered applicable if you do not have a current degree.

PA Room Volunteer

Summary: This position provides all tasks related to maintaining and improving our local history PA Room. In your role, you would be responsible for all things associated with the upkeep and care of the PA Room.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following list is representative of the typical duties and responsibilities performed. The volunteer’s actual duties and responsibilities may vary slightly depending on department needs and individual assignments.

  • Shelving and/or storing materials left out in the PA Room

  • Shelf reading or tidying of materials associated with the PA Room

  • Periodic cleaning of the PA Room

  • Creating and or maintaining displays associated with the PA Room

  • Present ideas for the improvement of the PA Room

Education, Experience and Qualifications Required: Organizational skills, creativity, professionalism, and confidentiality.

Summary: This position provides all tasks related to maintaining and improving a specific area of the library. For example, as an Adopt-a-Section volunteer you may be assigned to the Large Type book area. In your role, you would be responsible for all things associated with the section.

Adopt a Section

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following list is representative of the typical duties and responsibilities performed. The volunteer’s actual duties and responsibilities may vary slightly depending on department needs and individual assignments.

  • Shelving carted or stored materials associated with your area

  • Shelf reading or tidying of materials associated with your area

  • Periodic cleaning of your area

  • Creating and or maintaining displays associated with your area

  • Present ideas for the improvement of your area

 

Education, Experience and Qualifications Required: Organizational skills, creativity, professionalism, and confidentiality.

Outreach - Circulation

Schedule: One 9 hour shift every other Tuesday (alternating schedule), through the spring and fall school semesters.

Summary: This position assists the Bookmobile Driver with circulation duties during outreach to the surrounding areas of Muncy and Hughesville. Must be comfortable riding in and stepping out of a large Class 6 medium duty vehicle. Stops include nursing homes, child care facilities, day cares/pre-school, and elementary schools.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Bookmobile Driver in checking materials in and out
  • Help patrons locate materials and make recommendations
  • Assist bookmobile driver with returns
  • Sort and shelving returns
  • Friendly and outgoing
  • Follow mandated library procedures for filing and organizing

Education, Experience and Qualifications Required: Library or information literacy skills preferred, comfortable working with children pre-K to school-age elementary, must be able to sit, stand, and bend/kneel while organizing shelves for extended periods of time, and ability to move or lift up to 25 pounds.

Outreach - Materials Upkeep

Summary: This position assists the Outreach Manager with materials upkeep of the Link Library and bookmobile collections. This includes organizing themed and holiday book collections, withdrawing items and marking them as discards, and transporting books for donation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Sort, organize, and reshelve library materials

  • Move materials to and from different areas of the library

  • Become familiar with library ILS computer system

  • Use of computer applications such as Excel spreadsheets, word processing software

  • Learn library principles and procedures

 

Education, Experience and Qualifications Required: Intermediate level computer skills, library experience welcome, capable of standing, crouching, and kneeling for extended periods of time and the ability to move or lift up to 25 pounds.

Outreach - Inventory

Summary: This position assists the Outreach Manager with inventory of Bookmobile materials, tracking the location and status of library materials while organizing the shelves into proper library classification. The process will take 2-3 days in the last week of the summer, when the Bookmobile is off the road, prior to the start of the fall school semester.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Sort, organize, and reshelve library materials

  • Help transport and move materials to and from different areas of the library

  • Become familiar with library ILS computer system

  • Familiarize yourself with library principles and procedures

  • Use library ILS system to scan inventory and re-shelve materials

  • Ability to read letters and numbers accurately and organize materials by library system classification

 

Education, Experience and Qualifications Required: Intermediate level computer skills, library experience welcome, capable of standing, crouching, and kneeling for extended periods of time, and the ability to move or lift up to 25 pounds.

Applications are accepted year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. Commitments of at least 3 months are preferred.

Volunteer Application

Additional Information

Volunteer Waiver and Release Form

Request for Criminal Record Check

or go to https://epatch.state.pa.us to fill out online.

PA Child Abuse Clearance Form