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Volunteer Opportunities

Durham County Library uses the services of many volunteers in its facilities. If you are interested in volunteering, please browse for an available position below. If you find a position for which you would like to apply, click the “APPLY NOW” link within that position.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Cromwell, volunteer coordinator, at acromwell@dconc.gov or 919-560-0130.

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GENERAL DUTIES ASSISTANT - The tasks assigned to this position title may vary, and are contingent upon the most immediate need for the assigned day. The person who takes on this assignment must be flexible, both in the age group he/she is willing to work with and the duties that he/she is open to performing.

Contact:Desiree Peterson
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Contact Phone:(919) 560-0238
Position ID:000122

Location

North Regional

Start Date

09/06/2016

End Date

11/20/2016

Number of Volunteers Needed

5

TUTOR (READING) - Assist children with homework needs and assignments, provide general practice in reading through routine assignments and one-on-one practice sessions. Volunteer may specify which age group he/she wishes to work with (Children: Kindergarten-Sixth grade, Teens: Seventh-Twelfth Grade, All Ages).

Contact:Desiree Peterson
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Contact Phone:(919) 560-0238
Position ID:000121

Location

North Regional

Start Date

09/13/2016

End Date

11/17/2016

Number of Volunteers Needed

15

TUTOR (MATH) - Assist children with homework needs and assignments, provide general practice in math through routine assignments and one-on-one practice sessions. Volunteer may specify which age group he/she wishes to work with (Children: Kindergarten-Sixth grade, Teens: Seventh-Twelfth Grade, All Ages).

Contact:Desiree Peterson
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Contact Phone:(919) 560-0238
Position ID:000120

Location

North Regional

Start Date

09/13/2016

End Date

11/17/2016

Number of Volunteers Needed

15

PROGRAM ASSISTANT (CHILDREN) - Assist with basic program needs, such as set up and break down of venue, processing and preparation of needed materials and supplies, crowd control, seating and greeting program participants. Assist with clean-up detail at program end, and assist with any other needs generated by the assigned program.

Contact:Caroline Peterson
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Contact Phone:(919) 560-8598
Position ID:000119

Location

Southwest Regional

Start Date

09/20/2016

End Date

12/15/2016

Number of Volunteers Needed

3

Specific Details

On Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm-8pm, Southwest will have an ESOL program for adults. For adults with children, we are offering the option of a children's program while their parents are taking the ESOL class. For this children's program, we are looking for teen and/or adult volunteers to help out.

An ideal volunteer would be available at least once a week, on a Tuesday and/or Thursday from 6pm-8pm to help out with this particular program. They would also be interested in working with children of various ages (pre-k through elementary school). Duties may include helping with storytime, games, crafting, and homework help.

Any questions regarding this volunteer position should be directed to the Teen Librarian, Caroline Peterson (cbpeterson@dconc.gov) or the Children's Manager, Ruth Link (rlink@dconc.gov).

PROGRAM ASSISTANT (TEEN) - Assist with basic program needs, such as set up and break down of venue, processing and preparation of needed materials and supplies, crowd control, seating and greeting program participants. Assist with clean-up detail at program end, and assist with any other needs generated by the assigned program.

Contact:Caroline Peterson
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Contact Phone:(919) 560-8598
Position ID:000118

Location

Southwest Regional

Start Date

09/06/2016

End Date

12/15/2016

Number of Volunteers Needed

5

Specific Details

Join Southwest’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) to get volunteer time, eat snacks, and make an impact at the library! Any teen in grades 6th-12th can join. The purpose of the Teen Advisory Group is to let teens' voices be heard in the library! TAG members will vote on future teen programs, discuss teen services, and assist with teen programming. TAG members will be expected to attended meetings and they will receive volunteer hours for their time. Meetings take place on the second Thursday of every month from 4pm-5pm. Meetings for the fall are as follows:
-September 8
-October 13
-November 10
-December 8

TAG members will also have the option of helping out with Halloween Party. The Halloween Party is for pre-k and elementary school students and will include crafts, games, a movie, and a mini-haunted house, courtesy of the Teen Advisory Group. This Halloween Party will take place on October 27 from 4pm-6pm. TAG members may be asked to arrive early and stay after to help with set-up and clean-up.

Questions regarding the Teen Advisory Group at Southwest can be directed to Caroline Peterson, the Teen Librarian.

GENERAL DUTIES ASSISTANT - The tasks assigned to this position title may vary, and are contingent upon the most immediate need for the assigned day. The person who takes on this assignment must be flexible, both in the age group he/she is willing to work with and the duties that he/she is open to performing.

Contact:Caroline Peterson
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Contact Phone:(919) 560-8598
Position ID:000117

Location

Southwest Regional

Start Date

09/06/2016

End Date

12/15/2016

Number of Volunteers Needed

1

Specific Details

Southwest is looking for 1 teen volunteer to help with shelving. A volunteer must be in 6th-12th grade. An ideal volunteer would be independent/self-motivated, tolerant of repetitive work, and responsible. Once chosen, a volunteer will receive 2-6 hours of training, which will count as volunteer hours.

Duties include:
-Shelving library items
-Organizing shelving carts
-Straightening shelves
-Pulling library materials for holds or weeding
-Looking for missing items
-Shelf reading
-Folding brochures
-Recording volunteer times

There are only 3 open positions. Teen volunteers will be expected to volunteer weekly for 2 hours per week. If a teen volunteer cannot be there, he or she may contact the Teen Librarian to let her know. There are only two available times for shelving volunteers. Volunteers can choose to volunteer one of these times. The hours are as follows:
-Fridays 3:30pm-5:30pm

Questions regarding teen volunteer opportunities at Southwest Regional Library should be directed to Caroline Peterson.

TUTOR (READING) - Assist children with homework needs and assignments, provide general practice in reading through routine assignments and one-on-one practice sessions. Volunteer may specify which age group he/she wishes to work with (Children: Kindergarten-Sixth grade, Teens: Seventh-Twelfth Grade, All Ages).

Contact:Caroline Peterson
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Contact Phone:(919) 560-8598
Position ID:000116

Location

Southwest Regional

Start Date

09/06/2016

End Date

12/15/2016

Number of Volunteers Needed

6

Specific Details

Southwest is looking for Teen Volunteers for the tutoring program, Homework Buddies. While this program primarily focuses on helping children read, tutors may also help with other subjects in school, such as math and science. Homework Buddies will start on Tuesday, September 6 from 4:30-5:30pm. Homework Buddies will take place every Monday and Tuesday from 4:30-5:30pm.

Tutors will work one-on-one with an elementary school student for one hour. Duties may include reading to children, helping with homework, and recording volunteer hours.

An ideal volunteer would be independent/self-motivated, in 7th-12th grade, and would have a love of reading and/or working with children. Since Homework Buddies takes place on two separated days, volunteers can choose to volunteer for one or both days. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to volunteer at least once a week.

All questions regarding Homework Buddies should be directed to Caroline Peterson or Margaret Anderson. You can reach them at 919-560-8598.

OTHER - More details provided below.

Contact:wanda rascoe
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Contact Phone:(919) 560-0217
Position ID:000113

Location

East Regional

Start Date

08/01/2016

Number of Volunteers Needed

5

Specific Details

Library Greeter

Summary of Position
Volunteer greeters will be the first face of the library, welcoming and orienting customers to the building, encouraging customers to visit regularly and getting customers familiar with the many services that the library offers.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Responsible for welcoming customers to the Library
2. Answers directional questions
3. Refer customers to the correct desk for assistance
4. Utilize library website to provide information
5. Provide information about the library, such as upcoming programs and services
6. Assist customers with searching the card catalog, locating items on the shelves and using the self-checkout

Skills/Qualifications
Must be responsible, reliable and punctual
Outgoing personalities; willingness to help people; pleasant attitude
Basic computer skills

*Bilingual in Spanish a plus*

Time Commitment
During busy times
2-hour shifts
All hours the library is open

*Strongly encourage volunteers to be available at least once a week*

OTHER - More details provided below.

Contact:Wright Adams
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Contact Phone:(919) 560-0117
Position ID:000112

Location

Main Library

Start Date

08/17/2016

Number of Volunteers Needed

2

Specific Details

Reference and Readers Advisory Assistant- The volunteer will assist customers with basic office application questions, internet, and mobile devices. The volunteer will also provide directional and readers advisory assistance to customers, as well as assisting with printing and copying, and staffing multiple service points answering customers questions in person or by phone.

A candidate should have a high school diploma, with some college. An ideal candidate would be enrolled in a Library Science, or Library and Information Science graduate program.

PROGRAM ASSISTANT (CHILDREN) - Assist with basic program needs, such as set up and break down of venue, processing and preparation of needed materials and supplies, crowd control, seating and greeting program participants. Assist with clean-up detail at program end, and assist with any other needs generated by the assigned program.

Contact:Anna Cromwell
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Contact Phone:(919) 560-0130
Position ID:000108

Location

Main Library

Start Date

05/23/2016

End Date

08/01/2016

Number of Volunteers Needed

2

Specific Details

Assistance is needed for craft preparation. The job consists primarily of cutting out crafts for weekly story-times and monthly Take-and-Make craft projects. If you are unable to cut or manage scissors on an ongoing basis, please skip this volunteer request and look for other possible opportunities to serve, as 99% of your time will be spent cutting out needed materials.

TUTOR (MATH) - Assist children with homework needs and assignments, provide general practice in math through routine assignments and one-on-one practice sessions. Volunteer may specify which age group he/she wishes to work with (Children: Kindergarten-Sixth grade, Teens: Seventh-Twelfth Grade, All Ages).

Contact:Anna Cromwell
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Contact Phone:(919) 560-0130
Position ID:000107

Location

Main Library

Start Date

05/23/2016

End Date

08/01/2016

Number of Volunteers Needed

2

Specific Details

Weekly math tutors are needed in the Children's Unit, at the Main Library. Chosen candidates will provide math tutoring to children from kindergarten to sixth grade. Candidates will be allowed to set their own schedules.