Do you love books? Why not adopt some? The library is looking for detail-oriented volunteers for our Adopt-a-Shelf program. Adopt-a-Shelf volunteers help keep the library tidy and accessible by maintaining orderly shelves, making sure books, DVDs, and audiobooks are in good condition for loan, and reducing the frustration our patrons experience when books are misplaced.
Adopt-a-shelf volunteers donate their time to care for one section of the library by “adopting” that section. Sections are assigned based on volunteer interest and availability. All Adopt-a-Shelf volunteers commit to caring for their section for a minimum of one hour every two weeks; however, volunteers are welcome to spend more time if they like. Responsibilities of Adopt-a-Shelf volunteers include keeping books in numeric or alphabetical order, checking the condition of books, assuring that each book belongs to Galesburg Public Library, and dusting or cleaning shelves as needed. Volunteers will have their efforts recognized, if they choose, with an “Adopted by” nameplate placed in their section.
Adopt-a-shelf volunteers wishing to care for shelves in the Adult Fiction, Biography, Large Print, and Audiovisual Sections must be 18 years of age or older; those wishing to care for shelves in Young Adult or Children’s sections must be 15 (9th grade) or older.
Special Projects Volunteer
Join a list of “on-call” volunteers who are interested in helping the library with special projects – either one-time or long-term – as they arise. Examples of these types of projects include but are not limited to:
- Weeding, pruning, and caring for the landscaping around the library
- Affixing labels to books under the supervision of a librarian
- Assisting Children’s Room staff with special events and activity nights
- Assisting with various tasks associated with the annual Big Read
- Assisting with the Friends of the Library Book Sale
- Helping to assemble the library scrapbook
- Various library cleaning projects, as needed
Special projects volunteering is an ideal choice for individuals who want to help the library but are unable to commit to an ongoing set schedule. Age requirements will vary based on the task.
To learn more or to receive an application, please contact the volunteer coordinator at 343-6118, at email@example.com, or at the Reference Desk.