Summers are the busiest time of the year at the library. Everyday, thousands of kids, teens and adults stream through our doors. Each week, we have three programs on Tuesday for children and families, a Wednesday program full of 50-70 young adults and two screenings of a family film each Thursday with loads of popcorn and kids. We also have about 1500 children and teens signing up for the reading programs, turning in reading logs and looking for bunches and bunches of books.
With all the increased activity, we definitely need an increase in help. The summer volunteers’ primary duty is to staff the Summer Reading Program registration desk. These volunteers assist with registering new reading club members, receiving club member’s reading lists, and recording coupons earned by each club member. Volunteers also help the children’s librarians when the registration desk is slow, doing activities like shelving picture books, straightening the shelves and preparing the hundreds of crafts the librarians need for storytime.
The Children’s Department appreciates volunteers of any age, but you must have completed fifth grade and the hours worked cannot be counted toward any court requirements. Volunteers are asked to commit to a regular schedule of two hours every week (at the same day and time) throughout June and July.
If you’d like to spend a bit of time in a cool, friendly environment this summer helping foster children’s love of reading, then come and volunteer with us! The children’s volunteer application is on our homepage or you can pick one up at the Children’s Help Desk.