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Volunteer

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Volunteer Applications

Please fill out the appropriate volunteer application for the position for which you are applying


"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.

Location(s):
Hours:
varies

"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 jbeck@ppld.org or (719) 531-6333 x2224 for training dates and current openings.

Location(s):
Hours:
varies

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.

Training:
Please contact the Literacy Office at jbeck@ppld.org or (719) 531-6333 x2224 for upcoming training dates.

Please complete an application and return it to the Literacy Office at Penrose Library.

Hours:
varies

AfterMath Tutors

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.

Hours:
East: Thur. 4 - 6 p.m First session is Sept 8, 2016, High Prairie: Mon. 5- 7 First session is August 15, 2016, Library 21c: Wed. 3:30 - 6 p.m. First session is Sept. 14, 2016, Manitou Springs: Mon. 3:15 - 6:15 p.m. First session is Sept. 12, 2016, Monument: Mon. 3:30 - 7 p.m. First session is Sept. 12, 2016, Sand Creek: Sat. 10 a.m. - noon First session is Sept. 3, 2016

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.

Location(s):
Hours:
Fridays from 3 - 5 p.m.

Children/Teen Program Assistants

  • Assist with children/teen programs
  • Help children with crafts
Hours:
varies

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.

Hours:
Varies

Fall Book Sale Set Up

Be a good Friend and help out at the Friends Fall Book Sale Oct. 7, 8, 9. Unpack boxes of books and place on table arranged by subject. Help pack unsold books and take down tables.

Location(s):
Hours:
Set Up: Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. Tear Down: Oct. 9

Fast Track

20 hours or fewer for school, scouts or NHS.

Hours:
varies

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.

Hours:
Varies

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.

Location(s):
Hours:
Mon, Wed or Fri from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.; , Sat from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m

Holds Processors/Shelvers

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.

Hours:
Library 21c: Inquire for openings at (719) 884-9000 x6333, Monument Library: Mornings or afternoons, High Prairie: Inquire for openings at (719) 260-3650

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.

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.

Hours:
Varies

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.

Location(s):
Hours:
One or two weekdays 4-5 hours total

Review Crew

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 reviewcrew@ppld.org.

Location(s):
Hours:
1 qualifying book review = 1 hour volunteer service

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.

Location(s):
Hours:
Two hours twice monthly on Sundays

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
Location(s):
Hours:
TBD

Study Buddies

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
Hours:
One late afternoon per week

Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board meet monthly or more to suggest topics, and plan and host programs and services for teens.

Hours:
varies