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Volunteers

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: nmilvid@ppld.org; or
  • Place it in the drop box near the lobby of East Library or Library 21c

Volunteer Opportunities - Adults

Adult Literacy Tutors

Share your love of education with others! Tutor an adult once a week for 2 hours. You and the student get to choose a schedule that works for both of you. Work one-on-one with an adult to improve their reading, writing, comprehensive or English language skills. There is a 1 year minimum time period when paired with a student. No teaching experience is required. Training is required and is located at Penrose Library.

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.

Varies

AfterMath Coordinators and Tutors

Coordinators:

  • Develop and maintain weekly schedule of 2-hour slots
  • Schedule tutors
  • Serve as the contact to provide information to students
  • Attend AfterMath sessions

Under the general supervision of a site coordinator, AfterMath volunteer tutors will:

  • Assist students of all ages with K through college-level math topics, depending on current skills and comfort level of each tutor such as: fractions, decimals, percents, pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, pre-Calculus and Calculus.

Complete and return an AfterMath volunteer application where you wish to serve.

Thursdays, 4 - 6:30 p.m. during the school year
Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m. during the school year
Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m. during the school year
Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m. during the school year
Saturdays, 10 - noon February - May

DVD Cleaners

Volunteers are needed to clean DVDs using a machine that holds 25-50 DVDs including:

  • Locating DVDs on shelves for cleaning
  • Inserting DVDs in cleaner
  • Repackaging or relabeling DVDs while 1st set are cleaning
  • Reshelving DVDs on book cart
  • Performing minor cleaning and maintenance of machine
Weekdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon OR 1 - 4 p.m.

ESL/GED Classroom Assistants

Be an assistant for an ESL or GED instructor. There are a variety of locations and both morning and evening classes take place throughout the week. Assistants help instructors with a variety of tasks including working with students directly. There is a 5-week minimum time period when assisting in a class. No teaching experience is required. Training is required and located at Penrose Library.

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.

Varies

Friends Book Store

Display books, process cash register sales, give out Friends memberships and staff the Book Store.

Weekdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Help Desk Greeters

Volunteer as the first point-of-contact at Library 21c. Friendly and outgoing people will greet patrons, direct visitors to different sections of the library, and answer general questions about programs and services.

Weekends, evenings

Holds Processors/Shelvers

Serve behind the scenes a few hours per week to assist staff with processing and transferring books patrons have requested. Volunteers will locate books on the shelves, discharge items with a computer device, shelve materials on the holds shelves, and place materials in bins to go to other libraries.

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Manga Artist/Co-Facilitator

Help co-facilitate the Anime/Manga club a few Saturdays each year for about two hours. Volunteer will have knowledge of and experience in drawing manga, and leadership skills to facilitate club meetings for teens in grades 6 - 12.

A few Saturdays each year for about two hours

Speak English Facilitators

Help English language learners improve their ability to communicate effectively in everyday situations. One or two facilitators lead activities for a group to practice English conversation. A 6-month to 1 year commitment is expected. Training is required and provided at Penrose Library.

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.

Varies

Speak Spanish, French, German, Mandarin OR Japanese

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
TBD

Volunteer Opportunities - PPLD Teens

Summer Reading Program

500+ volunteers are needed to help present the reading program this summer to 27,000 children. Please apply during Spring Break for training in May and weekly 2-3 hour slots in June and July.

TBD

Teen Advisory Committee

Teen Advisory Committees meet monthly or more to suggest topics, and plan and host programs and services for teens. Most meet after school or early evening on a weekday.

Varies; contact staff member at library location

Teen Volunteers

Volunteering is handled at each Library. Check with your nearest Library to see if they have opportunities for teens.

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