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.


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


AfterMath Coordinators and Tutors


  • 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:

  • Attend an orientation session
  • Commit to and sign up to assist at least two hours per month
  • 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.

Manitou Springs: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m. during the school year

Anime/Manga Club Facilitator

Share your interest and knowledge of anime/manga by facilitating a club for middle and high school students. This volunteer will:

  • Lead discussions about manga/anime
  • Guide drawing activities
  • Develop fun-related activities
Every 3rd Saturday from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Computer Software Instructor

Assist C3 staff with delivering instruction on specialized software such as:

  • 2D or 3D design; photo-editing; Web or mobile-app, presentation, business start-up and management software.
  • Create intro and/or intermediate curriculum and co-teach classes
  • Prepare materials for classes and maker space technology demonstration events
5 – 15 hours per month; days and times varied based on availability

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.


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


Friends Book Sale

Help set up and tear down the Fall book sale: unpack boxes of books, place on tables in subject order, clean up unsold books.

Set up: Thur, Oct 16 at 10 a.m.
Take down: Sun, Oct 19 at 1 p.m.

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.

Various weekday mornings

Holds Processors/Transfer Room

Assist library staff with various tasks involved with transferring books requested by patrons:

  • Pull-list Retrievers – From a “pull” list, retrieve books from shelves, place on book cart.
Mondays and/or Tuesdays 8 - 10 a.m.

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.


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


Welcome Desk Greeters

Volunteer solo, or with a friend and serve as a team 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 services offered.

Weekends, evenings

Volunteer Opportunities - PPLD Teens

Study Buddies

Teen volunteers – 13-17 - will help students in grades K – 5 with homework or reading practice.
The program runs September 9, 2014 - April 30, 2015.

  • Assist students with a range of elementary school homework topics including reading, English, history, science and math.
East Library - Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Library 21c - Thursdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Teen Advisory Boards

Teen Advisory Boards 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