Volunteer

Library volunteers support, enrich, and enhance the library’s services and programs by sharing their time and talent and performing tasks that paid staff members are not available to do. Volunteers are asked to commit to a regular schedule, keep regular hours, call when not able to volunteer, and provide advance notice of vacations.

Volunteers are matched to available activities which may include shelving and shelf reading, organizing newspapers, indexing of obituaries in old newspapers, and other special projects that may come along.  Some of the tasks may require physical actions such as reaching, bending, lifting, and pushing heavy books. See a complete list of the Types of Available Volunteer Activities in the Library.

High school students in grades 9-12 may volunteer and have their hours counted toward their community service requirement for graduation. During the year teens may participate in the Teen Advisory Board, write book reviews for the Teen website, and shelve books and shelf read. During the summer the Teen Tech program offers Teens the opportunity to share their skills with computers, internet, and hand-held devices with adults and seniors.

The Children’s Room has a volunteer program for 6th graders. Please contact them directly at 617 993-2880 for more information.

 

Application

New volunteers will be asked to fill out an application form. Applicants over 18 will be required to fill out a CORI form.

 

Training

All volunteers will receive training for their tasks and work under the supervision of the volunteer coordinator and staff.

 

Contact Information

If you have questions, you may contact the library’s volunteer coordinator, Librarian Corinne Chan at cchan at minlib.net or 617 993-2867; or the Young Adult Librarian, Cynthia Mitchem at AskBelmontYA at minlib.net or 617 993-2877.

The Friends of the Belmont Public Library also have volunteer opportunities. Read more about how to volunteer with the Friends. If you have questions, you may contact them at belfriendslib at gmail.com.


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