Volunteer

InformationDue to COVID-19, PPLD has very limited volunteer opportunities and we are not actively accepting volunteer applications. As our facilities continue to provide more services, we will post volunteer opportunities as needed and accept applications for those specific positions only.

Adult Volunteer Application


. Garden Assistant - High Prairie Library

Tending the herb/vegetable garden on-site at High Prairie Library, to include tasks such as raking, hoeing, digging, planting, weeding, watering, mulching, harvesting, recording.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Comfortable performing physical tasks such as bending, pulling and light lifting.
• Willing to work as a team with other volunteers and take direction from the staff at High Prairie and/or Fresh Start Center regarding the over-arching goals and practices for tending the garden.
• Willing to communicate via daily log about tasks completed, tasks to-do, etc.
• Willing to volunteer on a regular basis, preferably once per week on the same day and near the same time, either mid-morning or mid-afternoon.
• Families, scouts, other small groups welcome!

REPORTS TO: Library Supervisor at High Prairie, or the staff member in charge if Supervisor is not on-site.

LOCATION: High Prairie Library, Falcon, Colorado

TIME COMMITMENT: 1-2 Hours On One Day Per Week

We are in partnership with Fresh Start Center to fill these positions. We are looking for six volunteers total, each one willing to come by one day per week (the same day each week) to tend the garden. For example, Monday mornings, or Thursday afternoons.

Interested?
Fill out and submit an application at http://www.ppld.org/volunteer

Location(s):
Hours:
1-2 Hours On One Day Per Week

. Teen Advisory Board

TEENS NEEDED!

Have a voice in your community, meet new friends, and make a difference, all while earning volunteer hours in a fun way!
We need teens who are willing to help plan programs for their peers, step up social media interaction, and make the teen areas of Pikes Peak Library District the best they can be.
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group that advises the young adult library staff on how to make the library more teen-friendly. Planning, implementing, and participating in teen programs, are a few of the ways you will be helping others in your community.

VOLUNTEER POSITION TITLE: Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

PRINCIPLE DUTIES and/or RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Give input on social media
• Guide virtual and in person programming for teens
• Advise Young Adult Services regarding library services for teens across the Pikes Peak Library District.

LOOKING FOR TEENS WHO:
• Will attend monthly meetings
• Will participate in TAB discussions and voice your opinions
• Will respect the opinions, tastes, privacy, and choices of others
• Who show: Leadership, Enthusiasm, Teamwork
• Are 12 to 18 years of age
WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF IT?
 Having a say in materials and programs for teens at the library.
 Opportunity to be creative and expressive through art and imaginative activities.
 Personal satisfaction in serving your community and peers.
 Community service hours look great on college and job applications.
 Make new friends

LOCATION:
• Virtual

TIME COMMITMENT:
• Meet virtually once a month. Specific dates and times will be decided by the members of the committee.
• Amount of project time spent between meetings will be determined by the teen volunteer and the young adult staff member.

REPORTS TO:
• Young Adult Librarian – Larissa Powers

GO TO: https://ppld.org/teens/volunteer to fill out an application.

Location(s):
  • Virtual
Hours:
Specific dates and times will be decided by the members of the committee.

Friends Book Sale – Short Term Commitment

Friends of PPLD is having a Summer Reading Book Sale in July! We need the following helpers:

  • Set Up - prepare the books for sale
  • Room Monitor - keep the displays in order, assist buyers on sales floor
  • Sales - tally purchases (a seated job)
  • Clean Up – box up remaining stock, break down empty boxes

Shifts are 2-3 hours in length, depending on task. Location is the Venue at Library 21c (upper level).

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: It is not necessary to complete a Volunteer Application for this Short Term Opportunity. Please call the Friends Office at (719) 531-6333, x1461 to apply over the phone.

Location(s):
Hours:
Thursday, July 16, 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (Set Up), Thursday, July 16, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Room Monitors), Thursday, July 16, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Sales), Friday, July 17, 9:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (Room Monitors), Friday, July 17, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Clean Up)

Friends Bookstore Attendant

Perform cashier and customer service tasks. Re-stock books, straighten up shelves, alphabetize books, create displays, perform light cleaning duties, and re-stock handouts at the bookstores.

Skills/Experience needed: Cashier experience and knowledge of books is helpful.

Volunteers are requested to commit for a minimum of six months.

Location(s):
Hours:
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m OR, Alternate Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Friends Bookstore Stocker

Help us re-stock books, straighten up shelves, alphabetize books, and re-stock supplies and handouts at the bookstores.

Hours:
Flexible. 2-3 hours per week. Volunteers are requested to commit to a minimum of one shift per week. Availability varies by location.

Friends Members Newsletter

Work with a team led by a Board member to create, write, publish a quarterly electronic newsletter that informs our members of the Friends events and activities for both the branches and district; recognizes our great volunteers; and advocates for the programs and events sponsored by PPLD.

We need help for:

  • Reaching out to Libraries, District Friends Operations Coordinator, PPLD for quarterly stories and pictures
  • Writing the stories
  • Editing
  • Formatting the newsletter in electronic format

Skills/Experience needed: Writing, project management, newsletter creation.

Location: Most of this work will be done remotely via zoom calls or phone calls. There may be periodic meetings at East Library.

Location(s):
Hours:
Flexible. 5-10 hours per quarter.

Friends Office Assistant

We need an assistant to work with the Operations Coordinator. Several people could share this job. Duties will include copying, taking inventory, transporting carts of books, shelving, boxing books, entering data into spreadsheets, performing internet searches, running errands, and general light office clean-up.

Skills/Experience needed: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and internet research methods.

Location(s):
Hours:
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. weekly on Tuesdays or Fridays

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 online outlets. Training provided.

Location(s):
Hours:
2-3 hours per week. Volunteers are requested to commit to a minimum of one shift per week. Availability varies by location.

Library Helpers

PRINCIPAL DUTIES and/or RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with program preparation and/or facilitation
  • Help children with crafts
  • Assist staff with everyday functions of the library
  • Complete other tasks as needed

SKILLS NEEDED:

  • Excellent reading skills
  • Ability to communicate with children and adults
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to maintain a high level of concentration

TRAINING:

  • Will be provided on site as necessary

TIME COMMITMENT:

  • Attend programs as needed

REPORTS TO:

  • Branch Staff (varies by location)

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Ability to stand for extended periods on a daily basis
  • Ability to lift and carry objects up to 50lbs

This position description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with this position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the Pikes Peak Library District. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable someone with a qualifying disability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Library Helper Volunteer Position Description

Hours:
varies

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 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 https://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

Workforce Readiness Training

Get ready to get a job or go to college! Work your way through modules focused on professionalism, communication, social skills, and goal setting to prepare yourself for the next big step in your life. Folks below age 15 should focus on the “basic” training while older youth might find the “intermediate” training more appropriate. Complete the training and pass an assessment to earn 10 hours of volunteer credit! Get started here: https://research.ppld.org/workforce-readiness-training

Location(s):
  • Virtual
Hours:
varies