The library accepts applications for positions that are listed and open.
Fill out a volunteer application and
- Drop it off at the library where you wish to volunteer - or -
- Email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org - or -
- Place it in the drop box near the lobby of East Library or Library 21c
Please fill out the appropriate volunteer application for the position for which you are applying
- Adult Volunteer Application
- AfterMath Volunteer Application
- Teen Volunteer Application - Teen Volunteer Expectations
"Green Thumb" Volunteers
Gardeners will meet weekly to help prepare and maintain the downtown Carnegie Garden. The garden was created by volunteers for the enjoyment of the public. Gardening tasks will include:
- Soil preparation, mulching, weeding, watering and working as a team with other volunteers
Carnegie Library downtown adjacent to Penrose Library
Please call (719) 531-6333 x2322 for date of first meeting and schedule.
"Speak English" Facilitators
Speak English Facilitators
Speak English is an informal conversation group for adults with intermediate or better English language skills. Experience facilitating small groups is preferred. Reporting requirements: gather participant attendance and individual registration forms and submit them monthly to the literacy office via email. There is a one year minimum commitment for this position. Orientation is required and offered several times a year.
Please complete an application (available online or at any library branch) and return it to the literacy office at Penrose Library. Contact the literacy office at email@example.com or (719) 531-6333 x2224 for training dates and current openings.
Adult Literacy Tutors
ESL & Adult Literacy Tutors
Work one-on-one with an adult, two hours a week, to improve their reading, writing, comprehension, or English language skills. Responsible for submitting a monthly report to literacy office via email. There is a one year time commitment expected when paired with a student. Orientation is required and offered several times a year.
Please contact the Literacy Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 531-6333 x2224 for upcoming training dates.
Assist students of all ages with K-college-level math topics depending upon your skill and comfort level such as: fractions, decimals, percentages, pre- and Algebra 1&2, geometry, Trigonometry, pre-Calculus and Calculus. After-school hours during the school year.
Complete and return an AfterMath volunteer application where you wish to serve.
Chess Program Assistant
Be an ambassador for chess! Help staff set up and take down materials. Play chess with patrons of all ages in a casual setting in the 21c Window Bay.
Children/Teen Program Assistants
- Assist with children/teen programs
- Help children with crafts
ESL/GED Classroom Assistants
Assist an ESL or GED class instructor once or twice a week (mornings or evenings) in a classroom setting. Must have a willingness to assist instructor and students in classroom activities. There is a six month minimum commitment when assigned to a class. Orientation is required and offered several times a year.
Please complete an application and return it to the Adult Education office at Penrose Library. Contact Adult Education or (719) 531-6333 x2224 for training dates and current openings.
20 hours or fewer for school, scouts or NHS.
Friends Book Store Clerks
Help out at the newly remodeled Friends Book Stores at Penrose, Library 21c, and East Libraries. Volunteers staff the book store, display books, process cash register sales, accept book donations, give out Friends memberships and help customers.
Friends Online Book Scanners
Have a couple of hours free every week? Friends seeks detail-oriented, tech-savvy volunteers to scan book donations and discards for books to sell on Friends Amazon store. Training provided.
Serve behind the scenes a few hours per week to shelve books or assist staff with processing and transferring books patrons have requested. Volunteers will (tasks vary from branch to branch) locate, and retrieve books on the shelves, or empty bins, discharge items with a computer device, shelve materials on the HOLDS shelves or book truck, and/or place materials in bins to go to other libraries.
Movie Time for English Language Learners
An informal group where learners watch a movie, stop at a natural pause point, and discuss in English what they did or did not understand. Experience facilitating a small group is preferred. Reporting requirements: gather participant attendance and individual registration forms and submit them monthly to the literacy office via email. There is a one year minimum commitment for this position. Orientation is required and offered several times a year.
Newspaper Clipping Locator
Locate newspaper articles about PPLD in various local publications, clip articles and organize them in notebooks. Task can be performed seated and requires concentration and attention to detail.
The Review Crew is a way for teens (ages 12-18) to earn volunteer hours by writing qualifying reviews to be published on Pikes Peak Library District’s Teen Web Page. Check out some of our book reviews at http://ppld.org/teens/book-reviews for examples.
Fill out a Review Crew Participation Form
Please return this SIGNED Review Crew Participation Form in person at any Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) Location or scan and email to email@example.com.
Speak French Instructor
Volunteer twice monthly to lead a conversation group for non-native speakers who wish to practice French. Proficiency in speaking and writing French required.
Speak Japanese, Italian or Mandarin
Volunteer foreign language instructors will teach monthly beginning-language classes to a small group. Proficiency in speaking and writing language other than English is required. Experience teaching small groups preferred.
- Monthly for 2 hours of instruction, possibly additional hours for preparation
- Please specify days and times available on volunteer application
Teen volunteers – 13-17 - will help students in grades K – 5 with homework or reading practice.
- Assist students with a range of elementary school homework topics including reading, English, history, science and math