Volunteer Opportunties

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Please complete the volunteer application below and return it to the library location where you wish to volunteer. Staff will contact you to discuss available opportunities. For more information please call the Library at (209) 754-6701.
 

Adobe PDF image  Volunteer Application
 


There is a charge to be fingerprinted for a background check that volunteers are responsible for.

 

Volunteer Positions

Outdoor Maintenance

Importance of Position:
Ensures that our Library grounds are swept, leaves are raked, small trees and shrubs are pruned, parking lot and patio are free of litter and general orderliness is maintained.


Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Library
  • Willingness to work independently
  • Physical ability to bend, stretch, push and lift


Responsible To: Library Volunteer Coordinator (209)754-6567
 

Responsibilities:

  • Successful completion of an orientation
  • Willingness to come in for assigned work periods
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator if you have suggestions or notice problems
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator when you are unable to come in

 
Training Provided:
An orientation to the Library and Library grounds. Staff will always be available to answer questions or give assistance.

 

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to assist the Library in creating an effective volunteer workforce
  • Chance to meet interesting people
  • Light physical exercise in a pleasant environment
  • Opportunity to enhance the appearance of the Library grounds

Children's Activities

Importance of Position:
Ensures that our Library has volunteers who will provide educational and appropriate activities for the children.


Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Library
  • Ability to work with children
  • Ability to read and tell stories to children
  • Ability to plan crafts, music and other activities


Responsible To: Librarian (209)754-6701


Responsibilities:

  • Successful completion of an orientation and training period
  • Willingness to come in for assigned work periods
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator if you have suggestions or notice problems
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator when you are unable to come in  

 
Training Provided:
An orientation to the Library and a short training on the types of children’s activities the Library provides. Staff will always be available to answer questions or give assistance.


Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to assist the Library in creating an effective volunteer workforce
  • Opportunity to see what is new at the library
  • Chance to enhance the lives of children
  • Opportunity to meet people who share similar interests
  • Opportunity to ham it up and be creative

Tutor

Importance of Position:
A volunteer tutor will provide a learner with the knowledge and basic skills to achieve specific goals as they relate to literacy


Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the adult literacy program
  • Willingness to work with an adult learner
  • Be 18 or older and speak, read and write English at a 12th grade level
  • Patience, empathy, persistence, compassion


Responsible To: Literacy Program Coordinator (209)754-6006


Responsibilities:

  • Two to three hours a week
  • Monthly tutor reports
  • A six month commitment to the program  

 
Training Provided:
Tutor training specific to the needs of an assigned learner. Occasional tutor workshops.


Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to help create a more literate community, one reader at a time
  • Chance to meet people who share similar interests

Shelver

Importance of Position:
Ensure that library items are returned to their correct place on the shelves, are neatly arranged in order so that patrons can locate what they ae looking for

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Library
  • Willingness to work with assigned trainers
  • Physical ability to bend, stretch, lift books, move shelving cart and bend in order to see information on book spines
  • Ability to file alphabetically and numerically  


Responsible To: Librarian (209)754-6701


Responsibilities:

  • Successful completion of a two – three hour training on shelving
  • Follow instructions in Shelver’s Manual
  • Assist with organizing books on the carts before shelving begins
  • Regularly and systematically check shelves for disorganization
  • Notify Volunteer Coordinator of problems or suggestions for improved shelving

 
Training Provided:
An orientation to the Library and a two to three hour training on shelving as well as specific training on the Dewey Decimal System. Each volunteer will receive a copy of the Shelver’s Manual. Staff will always be available to answer additional questions.

 

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to assist the Library in creating an effective volunteer workforce
  • Opportunity to brush-up or enhance your own library skills
  • Chance to meet people who share similar interests
  • Opportunity to discover new books you might be interested in reading
  • Light physical exercise in a pleasant environment

Library Maintenance

Importance of Position:
Ensure that library shelves and computers are kept clean and dust free, floors are vacuumed or swept, table tops are clean, displays, posters and fliers are displayed neatly and are current.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Library
  • Willingness to work with assigned trainer
  • Physical ability to bend, stretch, push a vacuum and lift small items


Responsible To: Librarian (209)754-6701


Responsibilities:

  • Successful completion of a training period
  • Willingness to come in for assigned work periods
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator if you have suggestions or problems
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator when you are unable to come in

 
Training Provided:
An orientation to the Library and a short training period. Staff will always be available to answer questions or give assistance.

 

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to assist the Library in creating an effective volunteer workforce
  • Opportunity to see what is new at the library
  • Chance to meet people who share similar interests
  • Light physical exercise in a pleasant environment
  • Opportunity to enhance the appearance of the Library

Book Processing/Repair

Importance of Position:

Ensure that books are properly stamped, labeled, covered and shelved for checking.  Ensure that damaged books are cleaned and repaired for continued use. 

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Library
  • Willingness to work cooperatively with assigned trainer
  • Physical ability to handle books and repair equipment
  • Willingness to adapt to change and new procedures
     

Responsible to:  Book Processing Coordinator (209) 754-6703
 

Responsibilities

  • Successful completion of training period
  • Willingness to come regularly for work assigned
  • Notify the Coordinator when you are unable to come in
  • Notify the coordinator if you have suggestions or problems
     

Training Provided: 

An orientation to the Library and training of job specifics will be given.  Staff will be available to answer questions or give assistance.
 

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Opportunity to assist the Library in preparing books and materials for patrons to check out.
  • Opportunity to see new materials first
  • Chance to work with others in performing an importance task
  • Light physical work in a pleasant environment

Opportunity to learn new skills

Receiving and sorting donations

Importance of Position:

Ensure that donations received from the community are properly handled for the benefit of the Library.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Library
  • Willingness to work cooperatively with assigned trainer
  • Physical ability to handle books, sort them and place them in designated areas. 
  • Willingness to discard unwanted materials.
  • Ability to deal with the public in a courteous yet firm manner
     

Responsible to:  Librarian or Assistant (209) 754-6701 or 209-754-6702
 

Responsibilities

  • Successful completion of training period
  • Willingness to come regularly for work assigned and follow procedures
  • Notify the Coordinator when you are unable to come in
  • Notify the coordinator if you have suggestions or problems
     

Training Provided: 

An orientation to the Library and training of job specifics will be given.  Staff will be available to answer questions or give assistance.
 

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Opportunity to assist the Library in receiving books to add to the collection or set aside for Friends of the Library
  • Opportunity to see donated materials first
  • Chance to work with others in performing an importance task
  • Light physical work in a pleasant environment

Opportunity to learn new skills