HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Volunteer application forms are also available at each library branch.
Special care is taken to match each person’s skills and interests with the library’s needs. Training is provided in the area of service that is selected.
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS CAN
- Connect with your community
- Meet new friends
- Learn new skills
- Provide valuable services
- Make a difference!
A variety of tasks are available for library volunteers. For most volunteer positions the commitment is 1 to 3 hours, one day per week. Adult volunteers must be 18 years or older.
MARKETING AND DISPLAY
Are you creative and enjoy the public area?
- Maintain the community bulletin board
- Maintain the public area
- Create book displays
Do you enjoy simple tasks which are less demanding?
- Prepare crafts for children’s programs
Are you detail oriented and enjoy working independently?
- Retrieve reserved items from the shelves
- Reshelve returned materials
- Weed materials from the collection
- Adopt a shelf
- Maintain periodicals and newspapers
- Sort donated books
Are you highly skilled and want to share your talents with others?
- Be a book club facilitator
- Create a program–this would be great to do with a friend
- Start an ESL conversation circle
- Provide homework help
SPECIAL EVENTS AND SERVICES
Do you have little time, yet still want to volunteer?
- Help with a book sale
- Assist with back to school nights
- Deliver materials to homebound patrons
- Maintain the library landscaping
FRIEND YOUR LIBRARY
The Friends of GCLS always welcome new members. If active membership is not possible, the Friends welcome membership as a sponsor. All proceeds are used to help improve library service.
- Attend programs and events
- Volunteer your time, energy, and ideas
- Speak out in support of your library
- Join Friends of GCLS
WHY DOES THE LIBRARY NEED VOLUNTEERS?
Volunteers bring the library enthusiasm, energy, added talents, and a fresh perspective. They enhance, rather than replace adequate staffing. They enrich the library’s offerings, rather than provide basic service. Volunteer service helps the library make the best use of its fiscal resources. Volunteers are liaisons to the community and by their contribution are advocates for quality library service.