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How to Volunteer

 

Please contact us to inquire about volunteer opportunities. 

After contacting the appropriate person, they may ask you to fill out an application.
Click here for the General Application Form.

Thank you for your interest in helping the Library.

Volunteering in the Reference Department

Library Docent
Position Summary/Description
Volunteer docents assist library patrons in locating books and other materials in the library. The docent is stationed at a table in the main Reading Room and the station may circulate in the stacks on the second and third floors.

Requirements:
1 year commitment of 2-4 hours per week.
Demonstrable knowledge of searching the card catalog for an author or title and locating an item in the library by Dewey Decimal number.
10 hours of training by a staff member.

Booktalk Volunteer
Position Summary/Description
Volunteer gives 3-5 minute booktalks on 5 books once a month at local senior facility.

Requirements:
1 year commitment of once a month booktalk (1 1/2 hour).
Voracious reader able to talk about books in different genres. (frequently LT books and 60 books/per year).
Ease in talking to groups of seniors.

For information about volunteering in the Reference Department, please contact Linda Oliver at 947-8336 ext. 126 or email at loliver@bpl.lib.me.us

Volunteering with Technical Services

This Department is fully staffed.

Volunteering in the Children’s Department

Position Summary/Description
This position assists in preparing for storytimes and crafts; shelving books and other items; keeping the Library in good order; and other tasks as assigned.

Special Requests:
Volunteers interested in helping for one-time events like our New Year’s Eve party.
Teen volunteers interested in helping in the evenings from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.
Volunteers interested in shelving during the day.

Age Range
14-18 year olds.

For more information, please call 947-8336 x110 or email Christine Erickson at cerickson@bpl.lib.me.us


Volunteering in Local History and Special Collections Department

Position Summary/Description
The volunteer opportunities in local history are varied with respect to tasks, and skills required to perform them. Most require a degree of training by our staff and usually a long term commitment. An example is collections processing.

Special Requests
Interested parties should contact Betsy Paradis to discuss opportunities.

For information about volunteering in the Local History/Special Collections Department, please contact, Betsy Paradis at 947-8336 ext. 106 or email at
bparadis@bpl.lib.me.us


Volunteering in the Adult Department

This Department is fully staffed.

For information about future volunteer opportunities in the Adult Department, please contact Barbara Higgins, at 947-8336 ext. 136 or email at bhiggins@bpl.lib.me.us 

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