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Volunteer at the Library

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. 

Program Volunteer Opportunities 

Preschool Story Time Volunteer
Dates: Weekly on Tuesday or Thursday starting August 29
Times: 9:45 to 11:45 am
Length of commitment: Preschool Story Time volunteer must commit to at least one semester of weekly attendance (i.e. August- first week in December)
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. 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 submit an application and indicate Story Time Volunteer or contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.

Make and Take Crafts Volunteer
Dates:
Every other Monday starting August 28
Time:
6:15-8:15 pm
Responsibilities:
Help librarians set up craft supplies, help parents and children do simple crafts, count attendance, help librarians clean up at the end of the event. Those interested should fill out an application and indicate Make and Take Crafts or contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.

Coding Club Volunteer
Dates
: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays starting August 29
Time: 3:45-5:15 p.m.
Length of commitment: The Coding Club volunteer should be able to commit to at least one semester of attendance (i.e. August- first week in December)
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: Prior experience with Scratch coding is helpful but not required.  Those interested should submit an application and indicate Coding Club or contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.

 

Flexible Volunteer Opportunities

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.

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.  

Check back for volunteer opportunities

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 Group Volunteer Opportunities

Occasionally, the library needs groups of volunteers to help with special projects or events.

Big Book Sale Setup & Takedown
Date: Friday, November 10 & Monday, November 13
Time: Negotiable
Special Instructions: Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Donna,  at 801-852-7623 if your group is interested in helping with this opportunity.  Groups must confirm their interest and availability by October 31st.  Volunteers do not need to complete applications before the day of the book sale but will be asked to complete one before helping with the book sale.
Responsibilities: Hundreds of boxes of books need to be moved from storage to our ballroom for our big book sale in November.  They will then need to be moved back after the book sale is over the following Monday.  We need a group of 10 – 12 volunteers, over the age of 14, to help with this project.  It takes about 2 hours on each day and groups can volunteer for either setup or takedown.  The group must be able to guarantee that 10 – 12 volunteers will be present, on time, and that all members of the group can lift at least 50 pounds and stand for the 2 hours.  This is fairly hard manual labor that goes pretty fast with quick able helpers. 
Benefits: As a special incentive to help with this project, volunteers will gain access to the book sale for one hour before the book sale begins.  They are welcome to collect any number of books to purchase before the sale is open to the public.  Books must still be purchased at the regular price of $1 per item.

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 be 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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