Volunteer

InformationDue to COVID-19, PPLD has suspended all adult volunteer recruitment and NO applications are being accepted at this time. As PPLD transitions into re-opening phases, we will evaluate various functions and post volunteer opportunities as needed. Thank you for your support and understanding, we greatly appreciate your willingness to help!

"Speak English" Facilitators

Lead an informal conversation group for adults already speaking with intermediate or better English language skills.

We are looking for someone who will:

• Create conversation on varying topics, such as: current events, possible interview questions, etc.
• Instruct in vocabulary and pronunciation
• Adapt to a variety of group sizes and skill levels
• Report attendance data monthly to Adult Education Office, via email
• Gather and submit patron registration forms

SKILLS NEEDED:
• Friendly and outgoing
• Able to communicate clearly
• Skilled at interacting with a wide range of customers of diverse ages/backgrounds
• Responsible, punctual and able to commit to a schedule

OTHER:
• Experience preferred, but not required.
• Orientation and training are required, ongoing support provided. Available several times a year.

Hours:
• Specific day and time varies, based on location and volunteer availability., • Minimum of 6 months, one year preferred.

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: Thu. 4 - 6 p.m - End May 7, 2020, Library 21c: Wed. 3:30 - 6 p.m. - Ends May 20, 2020, Monument: Mon. 3:30 - 7 p.m. - Ends May 18, 2020, Sand Creek: Tues. 5 - 6 p.m. - Ends May 12, 2020

Calling Art Lovers: Drop-in Painting Coordinators Needed

Share your love of art in an informal, library setting. We are looking for two volunteers who will be working together in a team, to support the popular “Drop-in Watercolor Painting” program held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of most months. Volunteers will set up the room with art supplies (provided by PPLD); monitor supply needs; interact with program participants; take photos of projects; track attendance and report participant feedback.

Skills and Abilities Required:

You need to be outgoing and friendly, enjoy interacting with patrons and staff, as well as committed and able to keep a set schedule. Experience with painting is not required -- We will provide any training you need.

Other

In your application, please give your availability, specifically, if you are available both Thursdays, or only available on the 1st or 3rd Thursday.

Reports To: The East Makerspace Librarian

Location(s):
Hours:
This program is held at the East Library, on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of most months, 6-9 p.m.

Change a Life! Be an Adult Literacy Tutor

Change a life! Work one-on-one with an adult, to improve their reading, writing, comprehension or English language skills.

We are looking for someone who will:

• Commit to weekly tutoring time
• Use the provided materials, but adapt to learning styles
• Be patient with all skill levels
• Report data monthly to Adult Education Office, via email

SKILLS NEEDED:
• Friendly and outgoing
• Able to communicate clearly
• Skilled at interacting with a wide range of customers of diverse ages/backgrounds
• Responsible, punctual and able to commit to a schedule

OTHER:
• Orientation and training required—we will teach you what you need to know. Offered several times a year.
• Materials provided by PPLD
• Immediate need! Students are waiting for available tutors.

Hours:
• Day and time coordinated between tutor and student., • Meet with student once a week for two hours., • Minimum of 6 months, one year preferred, when matched with a student.

Change Lives! ESL Classroom Assistants

Change lives! Assist an ESL class instructor once or twice a week, mornings or evenings, in a classroom setting.

We are looking for someone who will:

• Follow directions
• Be willing to assist with all classroom activities, including: instruction, writing on the board, making copies, etc.
• Be patient with all skill levels
• Be comfortable facilitating small group or one-on-one assistance

SKILLS NEEDED:
• Friendly and outgoing
• Able to communicate clearly
• Skilled at interacting with a wide range of customers of diverse ages/backgrounds/cultures
• Responsible, punctual and able to commit to a schedule

OTHER:
• Orientation and training required—we will teach you what you need to know. Offered several times a year.

LOCATION:
• Various library branches as determined by Adult Education office. Some classes are not held at a PPLD facility, but at a community partnership location.

Location(s):
  • Other
Hours:
Varies: morning and evening classes available., At least once a week, 2-4 hours per class period., Six month minimum commmitment, one year preferred.

Cyber Cafe - Technology Assistant

Under the direction of the Cyber Café staff, this volunteer provides technology assistance and support as needed to patrons with questions about their electronic devices.

We are looking for someone who will:

• Give one on one assistance to patrons requesting help with their electronic devices.
• Explain use of PPLD eLibrary functions and assist patrons in setting up devices for eLibrary apps.
• Help patrons feel more comfortable and confident with technology.

SKILLS NEEDED:

• Knowledge about various electronic devices, such as: laptops, phones, tablets, etc.
• Ability to explain difficult concepts in simple terminology and work with library patrons of all ages and skill levels
• Patience, flexibility, reliability, commitment
• Ability to follow staff directions and consult staff if needed
• Proficient in problem solving for electronic devices

OTHER:
• PPLD eLibrary proficiency preferred, but training will be provided on unfamiliar components.
• Orientation required

Location(s):
Hours:
2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Friends Book Store Clerks

Help out at the newly remodeled Friends Book Stores at 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.

Location(s):
Hours:
The bookstores are open 7 days a week, with shifts in 2-3 hour blocks of 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. , Availability varies by location.

Friends Office Assistant

Friends need one or two assistants to perform general office and computer related tasks. Duties will include copying, inventorying supplies, transporting carts of books, shelving books, entering data into spreadsheets, performing internet lookups, running errands and general light office clean-up. Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office and internet research methods.

Location(s):
Hours:
Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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 Processor/Filer

Use computer to trap holds and print the hold slip; match hold slip to book, label the hold slip and place the book in correct bin or Holds shelf, file item.

Location(s):
Hours:
2-5 p.m. Sunday

Holds Processors/Shelvers

Serve behind the scenes a few hours a week to assist staff with processing and transferring books patrons have requested. Vounteers 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. Volunteers at Penrose Library and Mobile Library Services will have free parking!

East Volunteers are needed Monday and Tuesday afternoons (2-5) and Wednesday and Friday mornings 8:30 - 11:30.

Hours:
Library 21c: Inquire for openings at (719) 531-6333, Monument Library: Mornings or afternoons, High Prairie: Inquire for openings at (719) 260-3650, Penrose Library and Mobile Libraries: Call 531-6333, Ruth Holley: Monday mornings or afternoons, East: Monday and Tuesday from 2 -5 p.m., East: Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 - 11:30

Library Explorers Craft Program Set Up

One or two volunteers are needed to help staff set up and tear down for the Library Explorers craft programs. Volunteers will also assist patrons with completing a craft. Volunteers should have ability to move supplies on a platform truck and in large plastic totes. They will also move around the room and assist patrons with detailed tasks. Should enjoy working with special needs individuals.

Cheyenne Mountain: 3rd Monday of month, 9 a.m. - noon
East: 2nd Tuesday of month, 9 a.m. - noon
Penrose: 4th Tuesday of month, 9 a.m. - noon
Rockrimmon: 4th Thursday of month, 9 a.m. - noon
Ruth Holley: 3rd Friday of month, 9 a.m. - noon
Sand Creek: 2nd Monday of month, 9 a.m. - noon

Hours:
9 a.m. - noon

Love to create order? Data Management Assistant is for you!

Check information for accuracy, verify and revise inaccurate database records, filing and general administrative duties.

We are looking for someone who will:

• Enter new data
• Correct and verify database information
• File paper copies
• Other administrative duties as requested

SKILLS NEEDED:
• Ability to maintain confidentiality
• Comfortable working on a variety of computer software
• Attention to detail and accuracy

OTHER
• Database experience preferred but not necessary
• Orientation and training provided, ongoing support available

Location(s):
Hours:
Specific days and times are flexible, based on volunteer availability., Approximately 5-10 hours a week, depending on season., Three month minimum commitment requested.

Path to Citizenship Faciliators

This group provides an environment to practice and prepare to obtain US citizenship. Materials are provided and follow USCIS developed curriculum. Lesson plans, activities, handouts and general information are all available. This group focuses on practicing the 100 questions individuals need to know, application vocabulary review, and writing. Facilitators do not provide legal advice. Reporting requirements: Facilitators are expected to gather participant attendance and individual registration forms and submit them weekly to the Adult Education division via email. There is a one year minimum commitment for this position. Orientation is required and offered several times a year.

Hours:
Varies

Paws-to-Read Dogs

"Kid-Friendly" dogs with Canine Good Citizen certificates and current Therapy Dog registration are needed at the Paws-to-Read program where children come to the library and practice reading aloud to therapy dogs. A good candidate is a clean, well-behaved dog who can lie quietly for up to 15 minutes at a time.

Location(s):
Hours:
Fountain - 3:30 p.m. first and third Mondays

Repair Cafe Trainers

Do you have a particular knack for repairing items? Volunteer repair trainers are needed to help at Repair Cafes where people bring in broken items and receive help learning how to troubleshoot and fix the item rather than throw it away.

Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? Can you…
Repair bicycle tires, chains or brakes?
Mend, hem or patch clothing?
Test, dismantle or fix small appliances?
Assess, disassemble or possibly repair electronics and computers?
Fix wobbly furniture or other wooden objects?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, help your local community by becoming a Repair Trainer!
Learn more about the Repair Cafe at https://ppld.org/repair-cafe. To apply, complete a volunteer application and skill specialty questionnaire and drop them off at Library 21c, attn.: Creative Services, or email both to repaircafe@ppld.org.

Location(s):
Hours:
will vary by location

Review Crew

The Review Crew is a way for teens (ages 13-18) to earn volunteer hours by writing qualifying reviews to be published on Pikes Peak Library District’s teen website. Check out some of our book reviews at https://ppld.org/teens/book-reviews for examples.

Once we’ve confirmed that we received your application and you’re ready to submit a review, go to ppld.org/review-book and tell us your thoughts!

Here’s a list of things to considering when leaving a book review:

  • Be sure your review is at least 5 sentences long. Anything shorter won’t qualify for volunteer hours.
  • Go in depth about what you did or didn’t like about the book. Consider questions like “why did you choose this book?” “did the book surprise you, or was it predictable?” “could you relate to any of the characters in the book?”
  • Include your grade in school at the end of your book review.
  • Each qualifying book review you submit will earn you 1 volunteer hour for a maximum of 5 hours per month.

Review Crew Volunteer Position Description

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

Shelvers

Adults and teens are needed to assist staff with shelving materials including books, CDs, DVDs, audio books etc. Volunteers should have strong attention to detail, ability to place materials in alphabetical and numeric order, ability to bend, reach and push a book cart, and work as a team.

Multiple shifts and days are open, 1 day per week for 1-2 hours. Please apply at High Prairie Library or Ruth Holley Library.

Hours:
1-2 hours per week

Write English Facilitators

Write English is an informal writing group for adults with intermediate or higher English language skills. Experience facilitating a small group is preferred, but not required. Group size is limited and individuals must register prior to enrolling. Activities may include exploring various writing styles and purposes and providing feedback on writing activities. Reporting requirements: Facilitators are expected to gather participant attendance and individual registration forms and submit them weekly to the Adult Education division via email. there is a one-year minimum commitment for this position. Orientation is required and offered several times a year.

Hours:
Varies

Yoga Instructor

Teach a one-hour yoga class at various library locations, with an additional 15 minutes of set up before class, and 15 minutes of clean up after class.

We are looking for someone who will:

• Create a comfortable environment and welcome patrons as they arrive.
• Lead Yoga class, teaching correct postures and positions.
• Modify classes for different ages, ability levels, and bodies.
• Help us build community by making yoga accessible to more people.

SKILLS NEEDED:
• Friendly and outgoing
• Able to communicate clearly
• Skilled at interacting with a wide range of customers of diverse ages/backgrounds
• Responsible, punctual and able to commit to a schedule

REQUIRED:
• Current Yoga Instructor Certification

TIME COMMITMENT:
• Minimum of one class per month (1.5 hours)
• Up to 5 classes per month – one per week, (7.5 hours)

Hours:
East Library, Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. • Times and days to be coordinated for Fountain, Ruth Holley and Sand Creek Libraries.