The library utilizes volunteers in a number of ways to fulfill our mission to connect the community to ideas, information, and inspiration. From helping to keep materials neat and shelved to assisting patrons with technology to mentoring youth, there is a variety of options for volunteering and gaining experience at the library. Volunteers do not replace staff; they increase our capacity to serve the community.
If you are looking to volunteer as part of a court-ordered community service requirement, it is recommended that you contact Erin Straszewski, Community Engagement Manager, at email@example.com or at 763-324-1531, before submitting an application.
Potential volunteers should fill out the application for the branch location they want to serve at.
If the volunteer coordinator agrees the applicant may be a good match for the position, an interview will be scheduled.
After the interview and agreeing on a schedule, volunteers will receive a background check authorization via email. All volunteers must pass a background check before starting their role.
Volunteers will complete training for their role and orientation with library staff at their branch location.
Volunteer Opportunities Include:
Materials assistants help keep the library neat and orderly with tasks such as:
Putting carts of items in proper order so they can be returned to shelves
Stamping, sorting, counting, or cleaning
Preparing items for the book sale
Pulling items from shelves to fill hold requests
Reading Mentors are volunteers who are paired with a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grader for weekly reading sessions. Mentors are required to commit to volunteering on a weekly basis for the same day and time for a minimum of 8-12 weeks. For more information about volunteering as a Reading Mentor, visit our Volunteer Reading Mentors page.
Technology Assisnts help patrons use computers and other technology at the library including:
Help patrons log on to public computers
Assist with printing, scanning, and photocopying
Help Internet users fill out web forms, apply for an email account, navigate the internet, etc.
Assist library users with digital library services such as doenloading our eBooks app and using online databases