"The Library That the People Built"
With only four staff members, we rely on over 65 volunteers for many of our day-to-day operations. Our volunteers help operate the front desk, shelve books, find materials for patrons, process materials, and so much more.
Many of our volunteers have been here for years (even decades), enjoying their connection to the community, building friendships, and exploring new books, movies, and activities.
Becoming a volunteer:
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer. There are three main ways you can help our library:
- Desk Worker: These volunteers greet patrons, check in and check out materials, and shelve books. Our assigned desk workers have a regular shift (between 1.5 to 4 hours) once a week or twice a month. For those who are unable to commit to a regular position, we have openings for substitute desk workers.
- Shelf Reader: These volunteers ensure that the books on our shelves are organized neatly and in their proper place. We ask for a minimum commitment of two hours of shelf reading a month, and this flexible shift can be completed anytime the library is open.
- Special Projects: We always have projects at our busy library. These tasks could be labeling shelves, moving collections, processing forms, helping with our book sales, or doing ongoing inventory of our collections.
Existing volunteers can also attend training sessions catered toward their area of interest. These include sessions on search features on the public catalog, how to place a hold on an item and much more.
If you are interested in pursuing any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Sandra Baldonado at: [email protected] or (505) 897-0733.
Teen Volunteer Program
The teen volunteer program is a great way to both get in service hours a school might require as well as earn valuable on the job experience that can go towards building a resume.
Our library offers shifts that you can choose to schedule yourself in based on your available schedule.
Mondays: 4-5 p.m.
Tuesdays: 4-6 or 5-7 p.m.
Thursdays: 4-6 or 5-7 p.m.
Fridays: 4-5 p.m.
Saturdays: 11-12 p.m.
We realize that the offered schedule may not be the right fit for all teen volunteers, so if there is a more appropriate schedule for you then please talk with the youth services librarian. Also, life can change with seasonal activities so the youth services librarian will email out a schedule to choose from each month so that the volunteer can adjust their hours on a monthly basis if needed.
If you are interested in pursuing any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Melisa at: [email protected] or (505) 897-0733.