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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, 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 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.

Shelf Cleaning/Program Maintenance/Collection Labeling
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.
    • Genre Stickers: Find books on a list and affix genre stickers to their spines.
    • 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

Preschool Play Maintenance
Date: Variable
Time: Variable
Commitment: At least ½ hour per week
Responsibilities:

  • Orientation: There will be a brief initial orientation to train the volunteer about their responsibilities.
  • After the orientation the Preschool Play Maintenance volunteer will come to the library once a week and disinfect and maintain the preschool play toys.  If any of the toys are in need of repair they will alert the children’s staff.
  • 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 Book Fest Wrap Party
Date: Saturday, November 12th
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Responsibilities: Two volunteers are needed to help with the various activities planned for our Teen Book Fest Wrap Party. Those interested should contact Ann-Marie Marchant at annmariem@provolibrary.com.

Harry Potter Movie Night
Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
Time: one person 4:00-9:00 p.m., or two people: one from 4:00-6:30 p.m. and another from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Responsibilities: A volunteer is needed to help oversee our Harry Potter Movie Night. Those interested should contact Breanne Gilroy at breanneg@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. 

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

We are fully staffed at this time. 

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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