Volunteer @ the Library
Would you like to volunteer at Cook Memorial Library?
Volunteers help with a wide variety of tasks and services at the Library, and we would love your help! The minimum age for volunteering at the Library is 14.
How do I become a Cook Memorial Library Volunteer?
Fill out a volunteer application - adult or teen - and return it to the library. A library staff person will call and set up an appointment to talk to you about your interests, abilities, and availability! All volunteers are subject to a criminal background check and must sign a patron confidentiality agreement.
What are some examples of the work a volunteer might do?
- Technical Services/Book Processing Volunteer
- Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Want to work behind the scenes? This position includes processing of materials, book repair, & repair of AV materials. Other duties and project work as assigned. Book repair work includes: replacing worn and dirty book jackets, repairing of broken spines/using book binding equipment, repairing of loose pages in materials. Processing of new materials includes: applying book covers, stamping items with library information, applying barcodes, cutting AV covers to fit protective cases.
- Skills and Experience: The ability to acquire knowledge of repair procedures and methods.
- Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Shelve books, DVDs, CDs; organize magazines and newspapers; assist with upkeep/order of shelves; shelf-read to make sure books are in proper order.
- Skills and Experience: This position requires attention to detail and a love of order/organization. Volunteer must be able to maneuver carts or baskets of books and lift light to medium weights. The ideal volunteer will have a friendly manner and thrive working independently. Knowledge of alphabet required. Dewey Decimal System training provided.
- Shelf Reader
- Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Shelf Readers work to make sure the Library’s shelving of books, CDs, magazines or videos/DVDs remains in order. This is a vital part of making the materials readily available for patron requests. Since so many people browse the collection and routinely move items from their correct shelf locations, the shelves need constant reorganization and monitoring.
- Skills and Experience: Knowledge of the alphabet is essential. Library staff will train the right volunteers in use of the Dewey Decimal System. Volunteer may be required to lift light to medium weights, e.g. books and audio-visual materials.
- Homebound Delivery
- Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Deliver and pick up library items as requested by homebound patrons. Work with library staff and patrons to schedule deliveries and pickups. While on the delivery, volunteers will talk with patrons about upcoming library programs.
- Skills and Experience: Volunteer must possess valid driver’s license and be able to use their own vehicle to make deliveries. The position requires the ability to carry/lift medium weights of library materials. The ideal volunteer will exhibit a pleasant, courteous manner, and have a sincere desire to help people who cannot come into the library access and use materials. Excellent communication skills are a must.