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Volunteer Opportunities @ HCPL

Volunteer reading at a day care

HCPL has a strong and vibrant volunteer program - over 1,300 people donate their time and talents to the library every year. Library volunteers are involved in many aspects of library service – from behind the scenes circulation help, to serving children in day care centers and elementary schools and even helping customers in our exciting Innovation Lab. Opportunities and openings vary from branch to branch. Here are just a few ways you can get involved (click on link for more information)

  • Sharing the Gift Volunteers
  • Partners in Reading Volunteers
  • Branch Volunteer Opportunities
  • Innovation Lab & Computer Volunteers
  • Friends of HCPL
  • Summer Reading Volunteer Opportunities
  • Volunteer to Share Your Love of Reading with Preschoolers!

    Encourage a child’s enthusiasm for reading as you share stories, fingerplays and other library materials with young children. A librarian will prepare a packet of materials for volunteers to share with children in a licensed preschool or daycare center. Here’s what you need to know:

    • Volunteers must be 18 or older.
    • Volunteers work about a half day per month from October through May while daycare centers are open (Monday through Friday). You are able to choose the day that works best for your schedule.
    • Volunteers provide their own transportation to and from their assigned center.

    This is a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity. No prior experience needed.

    Make a difference in a child’s life! Volunteer for Partners in Reading

    Become a reading mentor for elementary aged reluctant readers. Trained volunteers visit local schools to work one-on-one or in small groups to foster a love of reading.

    • Volunteer a minimum of 1 hour a week from October through June
    • Volunteers must be 18 or older and have transportation to a designated elementary school
    • Volunteers must have an e-mail account that is checked on a regular basis
    • Criminal background check required

    Summer Reading Volunteer Opportunities

    Applications are no longer being accepted for the Summer Reading volunteer program

    Branch Volunteer Opportunities

    Ongoing opportunities for volunteers 14 years old and up (limited positions for teens)

    Position description
    Download Application to turn in @ your branch

    There are many ways to help behind the scenes. Volunteers help shelve, pull materials to fill customer requests, sort mail and material delivery, withdraw library materials, and help librarians prepare for programs and storytimes. Opportunities and opening vary from branch to branch.

    Innovation and Computer Volunteers

    Ongoing opportunities for tech savvy individuals who are 16 and an older (limited opportunities for teens)

    Download application to turn in at your branch

    Volunteers needed to help customers with basic computer instruction at all our branches as well as helping in our Innovation Lab @ our Abingdon Branch. Volunteers must be comfortable with computers and technology and have good interpersonal skills.