Trails Regional Library welcomes you to its Volunteer Services Program. We gratefully appreciate you offering your time and talents as a volunteer. Through our Volunteer Services Program, you will enhance and expand the ability of our employed staff to meet the needs of our patrons more efficiently and expediently. Your contribution is unique and helpful. We sincerely hope that you will find your efforts rewarding and enjoyable!
Volunteers help perform routine tasks and special projects to support Trails Regional Library, its staff and its patrons. Tasks assigned to volunteers vary and are based on their skills and talents. Acceptance of volunteers is not automatic and depends on the needs of Trails Regional Library branches. Volunteer positions are filled at the discretion of the Library Director. Volunteers are not intended to fill or replace the positions of paid library staff.
Individuals interested in donating their time must fill out a volunteer application and participate in an interview with the Assistant Director. Background checks are required for volunteer applicants age 18 and over. Unsupervised contact with children is not permitted. Volunteer applicants under the age of eighteen (18) must have parental consent before volunteering for the library.
All volunteers shall agree to:
- Work under the supervision of Trails Regional Library staff
- Comply with the policies of Trails Regional Library, state and federal laws, including those regarding confidentiality of patron activities
- Attend volunteer orientation
Volunteer positions are available and filled at the discretion of the Director.
Schedules are maintained to assure adequate staffing so that the library may provide efficient service. Volunteers are expected to be dependable when working their scheduled hours. Please notify your supervisor in advance of any unexpected absence so that the library staff may adjust their schedules.
Business-like conduct is expected at all times. As a volunteer, you are a representative of the library and the public will view you as a member of the library staff. All transactions with patrons should be handled courteously and with strict confidence.
The volunteer identification badge helps patrons distinguish between volunteers and paid staff and also serves to promote the Volunteer Services Program.
Changes in Personal Information
Please notify your supervisor of any changes of address, telephone number or name, so that records may be kept current.
Volunteers are covered by the library’s insurance while working at the library. Any unsafe condition should be reported to your supervisor.
Volunteers can deduct on their income tax returns any out-of-pocket expense, including automobile mileage related to the services which they contribute to a qualified non-profit or public organization such as the public library. Volunteers may not deduct the
value of their contributed time or services.
The library staff will be happy to provide answers to any questions regarding library policy. If you are unsure of how to proceed, ask your supervisor or other staff member for assistance.
Reading Program Volunteer
Reading Program Sign-up Volunteer During a prescribed time, set by the Branch Manager, the volunteer will sign up children, young adults and adults to participate in the Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring Reading Program. The volunteer will distribute items
pertaining to the program, explain the program to participants and get them started in the program.
Foundation Event Volunteer
The volunteer will assist the branch or system programmer in the planning, coordinating, and set-up of Foundation Events.
Book Sale Volunteer
The volunteer will sort, straighten and rotate materials for the Branch book sale.
Cleaning Books/AV Cases Volunteer
The volunteer will use library-supplied cleaning solution to wipe off the fronts and backs of books and AV cases before they are shelved.
Volunteer opportunities include the following: caring for indoor/outdoor plants/flowers, litter removal, leaf removal, or snow/ice removal. Available opportunities vary depending on the branch.
Shelf Dusting Volunteer
The volunteer will use library supplied dusting cloths to dust the shelving and materials on the shelves.
Applying for the Volunteer Services Program
To apply for the program, please download and complete the form below. If you are under the age of 18, have a parent or guardian sign the application. When complete, bring your completed application to the branch in which you wish to volunteer for approval. You will be contacted when a volunteer position is available for you.