Volunteer Opportunities at the Library

 

Youth Services Storytime Presenter

Youth Services Programming Assistant

Computer Class Assistant
Map Project Assistant
Northwest Room Assistant
Materials Shelver

Collection Weeding Assistant
Materials Mender
Book Scrubber / Shelf Cleaner
Plant Care
Special Project Assistant 


 

Youth Services Storytime Presenter

Description: Presents storytimes to groups of preschool- and toddler-aged children after successfully completing training provided by Spokane Public Library. Work includes presenting picture books, learning and presenting songs, nursery rhymes, and flannel boards, and tracking and reporting statistics.


Estimated Time Commitment: 1-3 hours per month for at least 12 months.

Qualifications: Ability to interact with preschool aged children in small to moderately sized groups (15 – 35). Ability to tactfully interact with children and their parents or caregivers and maintain a positive environment for all participants. Able to bend, stoop, kneel and occasionally lift up to 15 pounds. Must be at least 16 years of age. Must successfully complete library training and pass subsequent evaluations. 


Locations: This volunteer opportunity is available at all library branches.


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Youth Services Programming Assistant

Description: Provides assistance during library programs, such as helping with crafts, counting attendees, and maintaining an orderly atmosphere. May also assist with designing bulletin boards.

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week.

Qualifications: Ability to bend, stoop, kneel and occasionally lift up to 15 pounds. 


Locations: This volunteer opportunity is available at all library branches.

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Computer Class Assistant

Description: Assist computer class instructors by monitoring participants and helping them learn basic computer skills.

Estimated Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per month for at least six months.

Qualifications: Knowledge of basic computer skills such as using a mouse and navigating in a Windows™ environment; patience, good communication skills, and ability to follow directions. Must be at least 16 years of age.


Locations: This volunteer opportunity is available at all library branches.


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Map Project Assistant

Description: Put topographical maps back in alphabetical order once every six months.
     
Estimated Time Commitment: 1-10 hours per week for a total of 50 to 100 hours per year. Flexible hours between Tuesday/Wednesday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Qualifications: Ability to accurately alphabetize items; ability to lift, carry, and sort maps.   


Locations: This volunteer opportunity is available at the Downtown Library only.

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Northwest Room Assistant

Description: Performs routine library and archival tasks such as shelving and maintaining the proper order of materials, photocopying, and other like duties as assigned.
     
Estimated Time Commitment: 8 hours per week for at least six months. Hours are flexible and may be arranged Tuesday through Saturday between 1 – 6 p.m.

Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years of age. Must be able to reach, bend, stoop, kneel, and periodically lift and move up to 15 pounds.   


Locations: This volunteer opportunity is available at the Downtown Library only.


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Materials Shelver

Description: Assists library staff in shelving all types of materials. May also read shelves to determine that materials are in proper order. May put cases on compact discs or videos prior to shelving.
   
Estimated Time Commitment: 2-6 hours per week for at least six months.

Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years of age. Able to pass skills test; attention to detail; able to work independently; able to bend, stoop, stretch and lift.


Locations: This volunteer opportunity is available at all library branches.


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Collection Weeding Assistant

Description: Assists professional staff in weeding collections by removing worn, damaged materials from the shelves on the basis of condition, or using other specified criteria.

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week.

Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years of age. Attention to detail; able to work independently; able to bend, stoop, stretch and lift.


Locations: This volunteer opportunity is available at the Downtown, Shadle, and South Hill libraries only.


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Materials Mender

Description: Volunteers may wash or replace book jackets, tape torn pages, replace spine labels and repair minor spine damage.    

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week for at least six months.

Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years of age. Attention to detail; able to work independently; no allergies to dust or cleaning agents.


Locations: This volunteer opportunity is available at the Downtown, Shadle, and South Hill libraries only.


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Book Scrubber / Shelf Cleaner

Description: Assists in cleaning books, audio/visual material covers and cases, and library shelving to maintain a clean and inviting environment for library users. 

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week for at least six months.

Qualifications:  Must be at least 16 years of age. Ability to push, pull, stretch and lift; able to work independently; no allergies to dust or cleaning materials. 


Locations: This volunteer opportunity is available at all library branches.


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Plant Care

Description: Helps maintain indoor and/or outdoor plants, including watering, weeding and pruning when necessary.

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week depending on season.

Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years of age. Knowledge of house plants and/or outdoor plants and their care; ability to work independently.


Locations: This volunteer opportunity is available at the Hillyard, Indian Trail, and South Hill libraries only.


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Special Project Assistant

Description: From time to time we have a need for one or more volunteers to assist with one-time projects. For example, we may need to pull a specific material type from the shelves and re-label items.
 
Estimated Time Commitment: 2 to 10 hours per week for the duration of the project (to be determined depending on the nature of the project).

Qualifications: Willingness and ability to commit the necessary time to the project for its duration. Volunteers who are interested in this type of assignment will be contacted to determine their interest in and fit with the work when projects become available.


Locations: This volunteer opportunity is available at all library branches.


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