Volunteer

Library Volunteer Application
Our volunteers are special! They are parents, college students, teens, retired professionals, church groups and scouts. They are our neighbors and our friends. Library volunteers give their community the priceless gift of time.  Below are just some of the ways you can help out as a library volunteer. Learn more about specific opportunities at your local branch; opportunities vary. Complete the application here.  
 
Early Literacy/ Childern's Programming Help
 
Volunteers with this assignment would support library staff who work primarily with children and families. Activities would include: helping prepare craft supplies or other program materials; assisting in taking attendance, crowd control, or other help during events or programs; assisting in keeping the children's area neat and attractive; assisting in maintaining displays; returning items to shelves in the children's area.
 
ESOL/Bilingual help
 
Volunteers with this assignment will use their fluency in a language other than English to help the library reach out to customers in a variety of ways. Activities may include: greeting customers in library branches; advocating for the library during outreach events; assisting when customers sign up for library cards with staff; helping ESL customers understand library policies and services through translation; leading or assisting with library programs for ESL speakers of a variety of ages; helping translate signage and promotional information when needed; and serving as an interpreter in various situations. 
 
General Library Skills
 
Volunteers with this assignment may be asked to work with library items in several different ways: accurately shelving materials for the public to browse and staff to retrieve; placing requested items on hold shelves so that customers may pick them up; assisting customers in finding their hold items or checking out their items if needed; answering directional questions from customers; packing up recyclable materials when needed. Each task requires attention to instruction and detail, and the ability to bend, twist, reach, and lift moderately heavy objects. Other related duties may be assigned.
 
Technology Skills
 
Library Customers may need help processing their print, scanning, or copying jobs. The volunteer in this assignment understands the steps involved and assists customers at all points in the process during peak use times. Additional activities may include troubleshooting customer projects on software available for public use on library equipment. This may range from basic computer tasks such as adding attachments to emails and navigating websites to assisting with word processing applications or other more complex programs. Volunteers in this position create a better experience for customers and allow staff to focus on Help Desk services.
 
Teen Programming Skills
 
Volunteers with this assignment would support library staff who work primarily with teens. Activities would include: helping prepare craft supplies or other program materials; assisting in taking attendance, crowd control, or other help during events or programs; assisting in keeping the teen area neat and attractive; assisting in maintaining displays; returning items to shelves in the teen area. This category also includes Teen Advisory Council members.
 
Tutoring/ Homework Help
 
Volunteers with this assignment help students to complete assignments in a neat and accurate manner.  They may be asked to work individually with students to help with homework assignments or with small groups visiting the library after school. Activities may include assisting a tutor with a group or leading a tutoring session, depending upon experience, skill set, and need. 
 
If you would like to share your talents with the library in some other way, please choose the most relevant category on the form and tell us about it in the "Why do you want to volunteer at the library?" section. Otherwise, please contact askGCPL. You can also volunteer with Gwinnett County Government or the Friends of the Library.