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Fill out the Volunteer Application (for adults) | Teens can print out this application and bring it to the Library
Volunteering for the Friends of the Library also helps JMRL.

Volunteers at the Library Charlottesville Kiwanis clean books

Healthy communities depend on volunteers – people who will share their skills with an organization because they care about their community. JMRL needs the help of people like you! Volunteering your time and talents is a powerful way to help influence the service of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library system.

You are invited to join the Library volunteers and help promote the joy of reading and lifelong learning. The library system promotes the free flow of knowledge and ideas by providing materials, services and programs for the JMRL region’s diverse population. Volunteers can make a big difference in the quality of service by working behind the scenes on long term or short term projects.

See below for a description of some of the volunteer opportunities available in the branch libraries, then fill out the form on the right. Please read carefully and if you have any questions call the Volunteer Coordinator, Heather Pehnec at 979-7151 ext 4 or email her at volunteer@jmrl.org.

Staff who work at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library have the satisfaction of helping patrons enhance their lives. As a volunteer you'll find the same kind of satisfaction by joining the JMRL volunteer family. Thank you for your willingness to volunteer!


Volunteer Opportunities

CENTRAL LIBRARY:

Adult Volunteers: are needed year-round to help the library run smoothly. In the Adult and Reference Services department, volunteers are needed to help organize and maintain the book and periodical collections by shelving newspapers and magazines and arranging books on the sorting shelves. Laminating flyers, copying materials, translating library handouts, and working with statistics are other duties, along with helping to keep shelves orderly and clean. Special event volunteers, on an "as needed" basis, help with set-up and take-down, and with directing patrons to events. Volunteers are also needed to help maintain the two small gardens.

In the Children’s department during the school year, volunteers help with toddler and pre-school storyhours.

Teen Volunteers: must be at least 13 years old and must complete a special application form upon being contacted to volunteer. Teen volunteers work out of the Central Children’s Room and are supervised either by Children’s or Young Adult Services staff. There are two types of teen volunteers: school year and summer.

School year volunteers typically work for a limited number of hours just to complete a requirement. They do whatever needs to be done during the time they volunteer. Typical tasks may include: photocopying, cutting paper, cleaning books, straightening shelves, or shelving. Schedules are worked out on an individual basis, but each individual shift is no longer than 2 hours. Weekdays work best because more staff are available to supervise.

Summer volunteers are part of a 7-8 week program that takes place during the time of the annual Summer Reading Program. All summer volunteers are required to attend a training session at the beginning of the summer to learn their jobs and responsibilities. Typical tasks may include: registering kids and teens for the Summer Reading Program, helping to prepare crafts and materials for children’s programs, assisting with setting up and cleaning up the program room on program days, photocopying, cutting paper, cleaning books, straightening shelves, or shelving. Schedules are worked out on an individual basis and may be worked around vacations and other commitments. Shifts will be no more than 2 hours a week. Weekdays work best because more staff are available to supervise. At the end of the summer there is an appreciation party for all teen summer volunteers.

Collection Management:

Repair and recover books: JMRL has an endless inventory of books needing attention. Wonderful volunteer, Melissa Dickens, can train you to do this important job.

CROZET LIBRARY:

Teen Volunteers: The Crozet Library maintains a small, dedicated group of teen volunteers, ages 13-17. To be considered for a position, teens should fill out an application and schedule a meeting with the volunteer coordinator. Teens are asked to commit to a year of volunteering, or at least a summer. Shifts are limited to 1-2 hours per scheduled day.

Teen volunteers play a crucial role in the Crozet Library. They help create displays and booklists, shelve materials, tend the garden or indoor plants, assist with children's programs, set up activities, photocopy important library forms, help with the Summer Reading Program and much more. This is a great opportunity to learn valuable job-related skills, help out within your community, gain work experience, promote literacy, and meet new people.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call the Crozet Library for more information, or stop in and pick up an application.

Adult Volunteers: The Crozet Library maintains a dedicated group of adult volunteers who play a crucial role assisting with the shelving and maintenance of our collection. To be considered for a position, those interested should fill out an application and schedule a meeting with JMRL’s volunteer coordinator (see above).

Shelving Volunteers alphabetize, sort and shelve library materials, actively assisting with the availability of our collection to our patrons. Volunteers help straighten our materials on shelves, checking for correct placement of the collection. While shelving, volunteers are asked to survey the condition of items, noting materials that may be in need of repair or replacement.

Book Repair Volunteers mend hurt books so that they may circulate again. Training and supplies are provided. Typical tasks include: re-covering books, repairing broken spines, mending book jackets, and re-attaching loose pages. Because this work requires a long training period, interested volunteers need to make a long-term commitment.

GORDON AVENUE LIBRARY:

Adult Volunteers: "Adopt a Shelf" by pledging to visit the library once or twice a month to help maintain a specific section of shelving. This involves placing items in order, checking for items needing repair, and providing general maintenance. Volunteers also help maintain the garden areas, and - with special training - repair books. Occasionally, volunteers can help with special events and projects.

Teen Volunteers: must be at least 13 years old, and also must complete a special application form and meet with the library volunteer coordinator or branch manager to discuss duties and prepare a schedule. Typical tasks may include: photocopying, cutting paper, helping to create displays, assisting with setting up and cleaning up the program room, cleaning books, straightening shelves, and shelving. Schedules are worked out on an individual basis, but each individual shift is no longer than 1 hour.

GREENE COUNTY LIBRARY:

Book Cleaners: Volunteers clean the covers of juvenile books, which are heavily used and tend to get a little grimy over time.

Book Repair: Volunteers cover paperback juvenile series book, which are heavily used, with a special laminate paper to help to preserve them.

Dusters: Volunteers dust the book shelves in the library on a regular basis, and may provide assistance with other special cleaning or straightening projects.

Film Series Volunteer: Set up the chairs and help with set up of refreshments for the film series monthly on the second Friday evening of the month, at 6 p.m. And/Or help with taking down the set up and refreshments, and clean up after the Friday film series.

Gardeners: Supervised by master gardeners, volunteers assist in weeding, pruning, fertilizing, and planting to keep the grounds outside of the Library building in good shape. Work may be solitary or as part of a work party.

Shelvers: Volunteers shelve in all areas of the collection daily.

Teen Volunteers: Teens work mainly during the summer as volunteers and do various jobs including shelving, photocopying, stuffing summer reading bags, preliminary cutting and assembling for pre-school storytime crafts, and other projects for the library.

LOUISA COUNTY LIBRARY:

Adult Volunteers: Adults are trained to shelve books.

Teen Volunteers: Teens must be at least 13 years old. They fill out an application, and meet with the library volunteer coordinator to discuss duties and prepare a schedule. They work in the library for 2 to 3 hours per scheduled day. (See tasks below.)

Teen Volunteers for the Summer Reading Program:

Attend a training session
Assist at the registration sign-up table
Distribute the incentive prizes

This is a list of some tasks for teens during the year:

Place magazines and newspapers in order; Shelve paperback exchange books; Clean books with book goo; Collect any books left on shelves; Dust book shelves; Cut left over paper for scrap paper; Get mail; Scrape stickers off books; Prepare items for children's programs; Staple handout papers for new patrons; Shelve JBB and JE books.

NELSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY:

Adult volunteers: Shelve books and straighten shelves. Clean, recover and repair books.

NORTHSIDE LIBRARY:

Adult Volunteers: Volunteers are needed year-round to help the library run smoothly----adult volunteers are especially needed to help with book repair and "Books Sandwiched In" programs.

Book repair volunteers mend hurt books so that they may circulate again. Training and supplies are provided. Typical tasks include: re-covering books, repairing broken spines, mending book jackets, and re-attaching loose pages. Because this work requires a long training period, interested volunteers need to make a long-term commitment. The book repair volunteers meet at Northside and work together as a group.

"Books Sandwiched In" volunteers plan the book review program which is held on the 3rd Friday of the month at Northside, from September through May. The committee meets to review prospective books and to make final selections. Individual committee members find and schedule members of the community to present the review. On the day of the program, committee members set up the room, prepare refreshments, introduce the speaker, and host the event. Volunteers with an interest in currently-published books, a knowledge of the community, and a willingness to make contacts with potential speakers would be especially helpful.

Teen Volunteers: must be at least 13 years old and must complete a special application form prior to volunteering. Volunteers are supervised either by the Young Adult Librarian or by another member of the Reference staff. There are two types of teen volunteers: school year and summer.

School year volunteers typically work for a limited number of hours to complete a requirement. They do whatever needs to be done during the time they volunteer. Typical tasks may include: photocopying, cutting paper, cleaning books, straightening shelves, and shelving. Schedules are worked out on an individual basis, but each individual shift is no longer than 2 hours. Volunteers are asked to work on weekdays, as more members of the staff are available to supervise than on weekends.

Summer volunteers are part of a 7-8 week program that takes place during the time of the annual Summer Reading Program. All summer volunteers are required to attend a training session at the beginning of the summer to learn their jobs and responsibilities. Typical tasks may include: registering kids and teens for the Summer Reading Program, helping to prepare crafts and materials for children's programs, assisting with setting up and cleaning up the program room on program days, photocopying, cutting paper, cleaning books, straightening shelves, and shelving. Schedules are worked out on an individual basis and may be worked around vacations and other commitments. Volunteers work between 4 and 9 hours a week, in either 2-hour or 3-hour shifts. At the end of the summer there is an appreciation party for all teen summer volunteers.

SCOTTSVILLE LIBRARY:

Beginner:
Sharpen pencils; Sort routing slips; Fold flyers and brochures; Empty book drop; Straighten book browser; Sort carts into fiction and non-fiction; Clean books; Dust, clean glass doors and windows in entry.

Intermediate:
Straighten shelves; Alphabetize books on carts; Shelve fiction, audio and video materials; Pull old magazines & remove barcodes; Pull old books (from New Books shelf) & remove stickers; Remove barcodes from deleted items and stamp withdrawn.

Advanced:
Sort non-fiction books on carts; Shelve fiction & non-fiction books; Retrieve items on the paging list; Assist with weeding; File marked material in the History file; Mend books.

Outside:
Pick up trash; Wash windows & screens; Paint windowsills and doors; Remove grass from sidewalk & weed; Sweep parking areas and sidewalks; Rake leaves; mulch; water; Shovel snow & apply salt or sand.

Fill out the Volunteer Application