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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 Volunteers

Event: Big Guy Little Guy
Dates: September 24
Time: (Two sessions) 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 12:45-1:30 p.m.
Commitment: We need up to 10 volunteers to

  • Run carnival type games
  • Do face painting
  • Help children with simple craft projects
  • Help with final cleanup after the second session

Volunteers can sign up for one or both sessions. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.

Program Volunteer Opportunities

Preschool Story Time Volunteer
Dates: Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.
Length of commitment: Preschool Story Time volunteer must commit to at least one semester of weekly attendance (i.e. September- first week in December or January-April)
Responsibilities:
Before story time: Help storytellers set up for story time by arranging the story room, making sure there are enough dye-cut letters and coloring sheets, pulling books if needed. Put on a Volunteer Apron.
During Preschool Story Time: Greet children as they enter the story room. Sit with the children during story time, gently reminding them to stay seated, raise hands, and keep from bothering their neighbors.  Take children out of the room to find their parent when needed. Count the children in attendance for statistical purposes.
Between story time: Cut out dye-cut letters or pull books for next week as needed
After Preschool Story Time: Help Storytellers clean up and prepare the room for the next day.

Notes: The Preschool Story Time Volunteer needs to be someone who can attend consistently.  Children are more comfortable if they see a familiar face. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.

Spanish Story Time Monday Evening Volunteer
Dates:
Monday Evening, 6:15-7:15 p.m.  and Friday Mornings 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Length of commitment:
The Spanish Story Time volunteer must commit to at least one semester of weekly attendance (i.e. September- first week in December or January-April)
Responsibilities:
Before story time: Help the storyteller set up the story circle by bringing out the puppet theater, making sure there are enough dye-cut letters and coloring sheets, pulling books if needed. Put on a Volunteer Apron.
During Spanish Story Time: Greet children as they enter the story Circle area. Help the story teller with the puppet show or other aspects of the show as needed. Count the children in attendance for statistical purposes.
After Preschool Story Time: Hand out coloring sheets.  Help Storytellers clean up, putting away equipment, picking up paper scraps and stray books.

Notes: The Spanish Story Time Volunteer needs to be someone who can attend consistently. Children are more comfortable if they see a familiar face. 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.

Library Kids Jr. Volunteer
Dates: Thursday afternoons
Times: 4:00-5:15
Length of commitment: The Library Kids Jr. volunteer must commit to at least one semester of weekly attendance (i.e. September- first week in December or January-April)
Responsibilities:
Before Library Kids: Help librarians set up room 201, cover tables and put out supplies as needed.
During Library Kids: Greet children as they enter.  Help children with craft projects as needed.  Help maintain order in the classroom
After Library Kids: Help the librarians clean up and put the room in order.

Note: The Library Kids Jr. Volunteer needs to be someone who can attend consistently.  Children are more comfortable if they see a familiar face. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.  

Coding Club Volunteer
Dates: Tuesday afternoons
Time: 3:45-5:15 p.m.
Length of commitment: The Library Kids Jr. volunteer must commit to at least one semester of weekly attendance (i.e. September- first week in December or January-April)
Responsibilities:
Before Coding Club: Help librarians set up the room, log into the computers, etc.
During Coding Club: Greet children as they enter.  Help children with computer projects as needed.  Help maintain order in the classroom.
After Coding Club: Help the librarians shut down and store computers and and put the room in order.

Note: The Coding Club Volunteer needs to be someone who can attend consistently.  Children are more comfortable if they see a familiar face. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.

Shelf Cleaning/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.
    • Shelf Cleaning: Use disinfectant wipes to clean of the front of book shelfs to help prevent the spreading of germs and disease.
    • Dye-Cutting Letters: Use the dye-cut machine to create paper letter cut outs to give to children during story time.
    • Other Craft Prep: Other tasks needed to prepare craft projects

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

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.  

Special Events Volunteers

Teen Code Club
Date: 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, starting in September
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm in the Computer Lab.
Responsibilities: Volunteers will help teens as they learn to code computers through games and activities. This is a self-paced lab appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced coders.  Those interested should contact Ann-Marie at annmariem@provolibrary.com

Teen Movie: High School Musical 2
Date: September 21st
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Those interested should contact Ann-Marie Marchant at annmariem@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. 

Continuing Volunteer Opportunity

Book Store Volunteer
Date: 
Flexible
Time: Flexible
Commitment: Four month commitment requested. 
Responsibilities: Volunteers will help stock the Used Book Store and keep everything orderly. Should be able to lift up to 50 lbs, and have no problem bending and reaching to organize shelves. Those interested should contact Erika Hill 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. Choose any weekday and volunteer weekly.
Time: Flexible; one to two hours weekly between 9 am and 4 pm
Commitment: Must commit to 1-1/2 to 2 hours weekly for a minimum of 3 months.
Responsibilities: Volunteers prepare new library materials, buff discs, and box up discards. Must be detail-oriented. Those interested should contact Donna Cardon, 801-852-7623, or donnac@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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