Interesting in Helping Out? Become a Library Volunteer!
Volunteers play an important role in the library's ability to serve the public. They perform tasks under the supervision of library staff, including shelving, shelf reading, book repair, story time craft preparation and much more. Some volunteers also choose to deliver books to home-bound patrons. Summer time is also an excellent season to lend a helping hand in the children's room, when many additional activities are added to the schedule. The support of volunteers of all ages enhances the ability of the staff to perform other tasks and serve the public. We value our volunteers!
Adults (anyone 17 years old and up) applying to volunteer must visit the library to complete an Volunteer Application and a town CORI form. The staff can explain the volunteer tasks and activities at that time When the CORI form is turned in to the staff, a copy of the applicant's driver's license, or another state-issued ID will be made.
Volunteers who are assisting the staff for community service credit, such as honor society or another student club), should fill out the Student Volunteer Application available from the library staff. CORI forms are not required for applicants under 17 years old.
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Periodically, volunteer orientation sessions are held to explain the volunteer program to interested persons. Applications, CORI forms, and a copy of the volunteer policy and procedures form are available at the main desk and should be returned there. Each volunteer will meet with the library director and will be matched with tasks that seem interesting and appropriate to his or her skills.
Volunteers sign in and out each week and wear identification badges indicating they are library volunteers. Patrons' questions are referred to staff members. Each year a volunteer recognition event is held so that the staff and trustees can express their appreciation for the assistance received.
Young Adult Volunteer Opportunities! (Ages 12-18)
Book Reviewers (Young Adult Titles): Students receive volunteer time based on the number/quality of reviews. Must be comfortable with review posted on social media/website and minor edits from library staff. Students may do this on own time/whenever they are available.
Teen Advisory Board: Seeking young adults (ages 12-18), to lead a teen advisory board. Students will act as a liaison between students and the library helping to ensure the library is representing the teens of the community well.
Teen advisory board members will:
- Help plan and prep for programs
- Help choose materials for the library: books, media, and nontraditional items
- Advocate for the teens in the Mattapoisett Community
Teen advisory board members will receive:
- Volunteer hours for their service
- Valuable work experience
- Recommendation letters, if they serve an appropriate amount of time.
Must be available to meet one evening or Saturday a month.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Michelle Skaar at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the library.