What Do Volunteers Do at the Library?
Volunteers support the library, helping with many of its daily functions. Volunteers also work in many areas that support the library: fundraising, programming, grant-writing and more. Some volunteers work on library committees, such as History Room, Program, Fundraising, Marketing, and Finance.
(in alphabetical order)
Regular Library Operations
To keep the library running we rely on volunteers who are able to commit time on a regular basis each week or month. Opportunities include shelving, manning the circulation desk, helping with the kids room, and general clean up.
Circulation Desk Assistant – welcomes and attends to library users and visitors’ needs at the main circulation desk – checks materials in and out, helps locate materials, answers questions about library services and programs, assists with public computers, and directs questions to others as required for the best answer. Requires training by library staff. Must be computer savvy and have strong customer service skills. Must be able to commit to a weekly 3 hour shift.
Data Entry Assistant – occasional work entering and reviewing data in library databases and creating spreadsheets and gathering statistics as needed.
Event Assistant (Programs) – helps set-up and break down events, prepares and serves refreshments and/or mans the Welcome/Sign in/Donation table.
History Room Assistant – provides assistance to visitors in the History Room. Requires general knowledge of library research, storage and retrieval of materials. Excellent knowledge of local history. Good interpersonal skills especially to help visitors with their research questions. This work is done with library staff and the History Room Committee.
Housekeeping Assistant – keeps the space neat and clean by helping with light dusting, sweeping, cleaning of children’s toys, and straightening library materials on shelves.
Program Assistant – works with children’s librarians during Story & Craft Hour and out-of-school time programs, shares knowledge and skills with youth in our Seventh and Eighth Grade Tutoring Center and/or assists with other recurring/ongoing programs as needed.
Promotions Assistant – designs flyers for events, writes program descriptions, distributes flyers throughout the greater Hudson area and/or creates and helps distribute content via social media.
Shelf Reader – checks shelves for accurate placement of library materials and helps maintain materials in the library collection in a neat and orderly fashion. Must be able to organize items in correct numerical and alphabetical order.
Shelver – re-shelves library materials, maintains materials in the library collection in a neat and orderly fashion. Must be able to organize items in correct numerical and alphabetical order.
Tutor (for adult audience) – supports adults with various learning projects
Tutor (for youth audience) – supports students with various learning projects
Other Volunteer Activities
Annual Gala – a fundraising event held in August that includes food, entertainment, silent auctions and dancing.
Ghostly Gallop – a fundraising event held in October that includes a 5K run/walk race, kids one mile race and bike rides. Sign up to help out by filling out the Basic Volunteer Information application. To sign up to volunteer only for the Ghostly Gallop, go here. Otherwise, fill out the Volunteer Application linked below.
Other Fundraising Events – many different activities from event planning to helping with food and drink tables. Some tasks like soliciting sponsors require much advance work while others are on the day of the event only.
Graphic Design – work with the library’s suite branding tools create new graphics to support the marketing of the library and its programs. See Marketing below.
Grant Writing – work with library staff on grant proposals to support the library’s operations and programs.
Marketing (web blogging, social media, PR) – work with library staff and the Marketing Committee to carry out all of the promotional work needed to create and sustain our presence in the community. Includes the complete range of marketing tools, paper brochures and flyers, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and web blogging), audio and video, and traditional press relations.
Program development and presentation – work with library staff and members of the Program Committee to develop and put on programs in the library. Work may focus on specific subject or content areas, for example, fiction or nonfiction books, local history, genealogy, movies/video, music, arts, theater, and more. This is an opportunity for volunteers to work on helping to create the vibrant mix of events and programs that make the library come to life.
Video/Audio – work with library staff and the Marketing Committee, create video and audio materials to support the Marketing (see above) of the library. Also work with library users to learn how to use technologies to create their own video/audio creations.