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Volunteers

The Library thrives on the hundreds of volunteer hours worked on its behalf each month.  Library volunteers support Children's programming, assist the Library with special projects in our Technical Services and Community Relations departments, and more.  Each volunteer is a valued and integral member of the Library's staff.

To volunteer at the Provo City Library, please complete and return a pdfVolunteer Application.  Hard-copy Volunteer Applications can be picked up from the 1st Floor Reference Desk in the Library's Rogers Wing.  Completed applications may be returned in one of the following ways:

  • Returned to the First Floor Reference Desk
  • Mailed to the Provo City Library, attention Volunteer Coordinator
  • Faxed to 801-852-6688, attention Volunteer Coordinator

Please note that one must be fourteen years of age or older to volunteer at the Library.  All volunteers under the age of eighteen must complete and turn in a pdfParental/Guardian Consent Form with their applications. 

As the Library receives a high volume of Volunteer Applications weekly, please allow between 2-3 weeks for application processing.  All applications are sent to Provo City's Human Resources Department for a mandatory background check. All volunteers are subject to departmental approval; after your application is approved, you will be contacted by a member of our staff to get started. 

The Library does not accept Volunteer Applications for court-appointed community service hours.

Current Volunteer Needs

Below are the descriptions of current volunteer needs; when you apply to volunteer, please indicate which opportunity you are interested in. 

Children's Department

Volunteers in the Children's Department help with programs and help us keep our surroundings and materials clean.  Volunteers for Children's Programs need to be someone who can attend consistently. Children are more comfortable if they see a familiar face. 

Special Events

Summer Reading Kickoff
Date: June 3, 2017 
Time: Three Hour Shifts from 9:00-8:00.
Responsibilities: We need two people for each shift to help families register for the summer reading program and to help children with crafts and activities.  The shifts are 9-12, 12-3, 3-6, 6-8.  Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.  

Summer Reading Sign-ups
Dates: June 6, 7, 8
Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:45-1:00, Wednesday 9:45-12:00
Responsibilties: We need one volunteer each day who can help parents with Summer Reading registration.  Volunteers can work only part of the shift if needed. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.  

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Drop Off
Date:
June 20, 2017 
Time: 9:30am-12:45pm
Responsibilities: We need a volunteer to help as children drop off their stuffed animals for the stuffed animal sleepover. Volunteers can work only part of the shift if needed. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.

Program Volunteer Opportunities - June and July

Make and Take Crafts Volunteer
Dates:
Tuesday or Thursday June 6- July 27
Time:
9:45 am-12:15 pm
Responsibilities:
Volunteers will help set up, monitor and take down a craft room where families come to make a simple craft. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.  

Kid’s Code Club Volunteer
Dates: Every Tuesday June 6-July 25
Time: 3:45-5:15 pm
Responsibilities: Code Club is self-paced coding lab for children ages 9-12. The volunteer would help the teacher with set up, issuing name tags, crowd control, helping individual children with coding questions, and clean up. A volunteer with some coding experience is preferred. The Code Club Volunteer must commit to attend Code Club regularly during the two months of the program. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.  

Lego Crew Volunteer
Dates: Wednesday June 7, and 21 and July 5, 19
Time: 4:00-5:15 pm
Responsibilities: Volunteer will help set out Legos, monitor children as they attend the class, and gather up Legos after the class and put them in the display case. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.  

Spanish Story Time Monday Evening Volunteer
Dates: Monday Evenings June 5-July 17
Times: 6:15-7:15 pm.
Notes: The Spanish Story Time Volunteer needs to be someone who can attend consistently. The volunteer should be outgoing and friendly, and comfortable in a multilingual environment. Knowledge of the Spanish language is helpful but not essential. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.

Flexible Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Reading Flyers Preparation
April 17-30
Time: Flexible
Responsibilities: During May the Provo library delivers 10,000 bookmark size flyers to the children in all the public grade schools in Provo.  The last two weeks of April we need volunteers that can make copies, cut out the flyers (there are three flyers per page that need to be cut apart) and group then into stacks with the right amount for each school.  Those interested should contact Donna Cardon, 801-852-7623, or donnac@provolibrary.com

Program Maintenance
Date: Variable
Time: Variable
Commitment: No specific time commitment required.
Responsibilities:

  • Orientation: Come to the library for a short (15 minute) orientation about different tasks that need to be done in the children’s department.
  • After the orientation: After the orientation volunteers can come any time when the library is open and do any of the following tasks.
    • Craft Prep: Other tasks needed to prepare craft projects.
    • Dye-Cut: Cut out paper letters using a dye-cut machine. 
    • Note: Volunteers are responsible to keep track of their volunteer hours by signing in and out each volunteer session. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com

Book Cleaning/Shelf Cleaning
Date: Variable 
Time: Variable 
Commitment: No specific time commitment required. 
Responsibilities:

  • Orientation: Come to the library for a short (15 minute) orientation about different tasks that need to be done in the children’s department. 
  • After the orientation: volunteers can come any time when the library is open and do the following tasks:
    • Shelf Cleaning: Use disinfectant wipes to clean of the front of book shelves to help prevent the spreading of germs and disease.
    • Picture Book Cleaning: Use disinfectant wipes to clean the covers of picture books.

Note: Volunteers are responsible to keep track of their volunteer hours by signing in and out each volunteer session. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.

Tablecloth Hemming
Date and Time: Flexible This project can be done offsite.
Responsibilities: The Children’s Department has purchased cloth and thread to make about 20 tablecloths.  Volunteers are needed to do a simple hemline on the tablecloths.  Volunteers must have sewing experience and use their own machine.  Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.

Teen and Adult Services Department

The Teen and Adult Services Deparment requires assistance for some of our special events including helping with computer classes, book sales, Summer Reading Programs, author events, etc.

Note: All Teen and Adult Services volunteer positions require an interview to be offered a volunteer position.  

InterLibrary Loan Packaging Volunteer

Date: Mondays (weekly) 
Time: Morning
Responsibilities: Monday mornings for approximately one hour, the interlibrary loan volunteer will assist librarians by putting library materials in packages with corresponding paperwork for shipment to other libraries. Attention to detail and ability to follow written directions is required.  Those interested should contact Allison at allisons@provolibrary.com

Digitization Volunteer

Date: Variable
Time: Variable
Commitment: 1-2 hours each week for a minimum of 3 months
Responsibilities: We would like help scanning photographs, negatives, slides, and other historical materials to make them more accessible to our patrons.  Volunteers need to be comfortable with computers and able to work with minimum supervision.  This position requires an interview.  Those interested should contact Carla at carlag@provolibrary.com.

Community Relations Department

The Community Relations Department manages large programs and events. We also manage the Attic at Academy Square (an exhibit space on the 4th floor) and the Used Book Store.

Special Events Volunteer 

Date: Varies; most often needed on Saturdays 
Time: Varies
Responsibilities: Special events volunteers help decorate for, manage, and clean up after a variety of special events that the the Library hosts. This may include things like crowd management, face painting, game management, or wearing character costumes. If you are interested in being a Special Events volunteer, you will contacted several weeks prior to an event to check your availability. 

Book Store/Donations Volunteer

Date: Flexible, needed most at the beginning of the month
Time: Flexible
Responsibilities: Help keep the used book store tidy and help keep shelves filled during the first two weeks of the month. This position also helps sort the donations the library receives on a weekly basis.  Must be capable of moderate lifting and have a keen eye for organization.  Those interested should contact Erika at erikah@provolibrary.com

Circulation Department and Technical Services Department

Circulation and Technical Services are our behind-the-scenes unsung heroes! Volunteers help prepare items for circulation and help returned materials return to their proper homes. 

Technical Services Volunteer
Dates
: Flexible; any weekday
Time: Flexible; one to two hours weekly between 9 am and 4 pm
Commitment: Must be detail-oriented and willing to commit to 1 to 2 hours weekly for a minimum of 3 months. 
Responsibilities: Volunteers prepare new library materials, buff discs, and box up discards. If you are allergic to dust, this is not the job for you.  Those interested should contact Sharon at sharonk@provolibrary.com 

Questions?

Questions?

Want to know about the most current volunteer positions available? Please call our volunteer coordinator at 801-852-7623.

 

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