Volunteer Opportunties

Nancy Giddens, County Librarian
 
For more information please call the Library at (209) 754-6701.
 
Please complete the volunteer application below and return it to the library location where you wish to volunteer. Staff will contact you to discuss availabale opportunities.
 

Adobe PDF image  Volunteer Application


Note: There is a charge to be fingerprinted for a background check that volunteers are responsible for.

 

Volunteer Positions

Front Desk Worker

Importance of Position:
The Front Desk Worker is the first person with whom our patrons will be in contact. Front Desk Workers will work accurately checking in and out items for our patrons. They will be vital in establishing a good rapport with our community.


Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Library
  • Willingness to work with assigned trainers
  • Willingness and ability to learn some simple computer functions
  • Physically able to stand for periods of time
  • Ability to work closely with the public
  • Willingness to be confidential with patron information


Responsible To: Library Volunteer Coordinator (209)754-6567


Responsibilities:

  • Successfully complete an extended training
  • Reliably work several hours a week on an assigned day
  • Notify the Library when you are not able to work
  • Read through the Volunteer Manual at your leisure

 

Training Provided:
Complete a three to four hour training period each week for approximately a month (dependent upon the confidence of the person.) Staff will always be available to assist with more complicated procedures. The Volunteer Manual will be available at front counter at all times.

 

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to be an effective volunteer within the Library workforce.
  • Chance to meet people who share similar interests & discover new books.
  • Opportunity to make a difference!

Outdoor Maintenance

Importance of Position:
Ensures that our Library grounds are swept, leaves are raked, small trees and shrubs are pruned, parking lot and patio are free of litter and general orderliness is maintained.


Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Library
  • Willingness to work independently
  • Physical ability to bend, stretch, push and lift


Responsible To: Library Volunteer Coordinator (209)754-6567
 

Responsibilities:

  • Successful completion of an orientation
  • Willingness to come in for assigned work periods
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator if you have suggestions or notice problems
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator when you are unable to come in

 
Training Provided:
An orientation to the Library and Library grounds. Staff will always be available to answer questions or give assistance.

 

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to assist the Library in creating an effective volunteer workforce
  • Chance to meet interesting people
  • Light physical exercise in a pleasant environment
  • Opportunity to enhance the appearance of the Library grounds

Computer Cleaner

Importance of Position:
Ensures that our Library computers are cleaned properly thereby enhancing the life of the equipment.

 

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Library
  • Willingness to work independently
  • Physical ability to use hands and arms to clean


Responsible To: Library Volunteer Coordinator (209)754-6567
 

Responsibilities:

  • Successful completion of an orientation and training period
  • Willingness to come in for assigned work periods
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator if you have suggestions or notice problems
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator when you are unable to come in

 
Training Provided:
An orientation to the Library and a short training on the cleaning of the computers. Staff will always be available to answer questions or give assistance.

 

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to assist the Library in creating an effective volunteer workforce
  • Opportunity to see what is new at the library
  • Chance to meet interesting people
  • Light physical exercise in a pleasant environment

Children's Activities

Importance of Position:
Ensures that our Library has volunteers who will provide educational and appropriate activities for the children.


Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Library
  • Ability to work with children
  • Ability to read and tell stories to children


Responsible To: Library Volunteer Coordinator (209)754-6567


Responsibilities:

  • Successful completion of an orientation and training period
  • Willingness to come in for assigned work periods
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator if you have suggestions or notice problems
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator when you are unable to come in  

 
Training Provided:
An orientation to the Library and a short training on the types of children’s activities the Library provides. Staff will always be available to answer questions or give assistance.


Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to assist the Library in creating an effective volunteer workforce
  • Opportunity to see what is new at the library
  • Chance to enhance the lives of children
  • Opportunity to meet people who share similar interests
  • Opportunity to ham it up and be creative

Tutor

Importance of Position:
A volunteer tutor will provide a learner with the knowledge and basic skills to achieve specific goals as they relate to literacy


Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the adult literacy program
  • Willingness to work with an adult learner
  • Be 18 or older and speak, read and write English at a 12th grade level
  • Patience, empathy, persistence, compassion


Responsible To: Literacy Program Coordinator (209)754-6006


Responsibilities:

  • Two to three hours a week
  • Monthly tutor reports
  • A six month commitment to the program  

 
Training Provided:
Tutor training specific to the needs of an assigned learner. Occasional tutor workshops.


Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to help create a more literate community, one reader at a time
  • Chance to meet people who share similar interests

Shelver

Importance of Position:
Ensures that library items are returned to their correct place in the library so that patrons will be able to locate them.


Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Library
  • Willingness to work with assigned trainers
  • Physical ability to bend, stretch, lift books, move shelving cart and bend in order to see information on book spines
  • Ability to file alphabetically and numerically  


Responsible To: Library Volunteer Coordinator (209)754-6567


Responsibilities:

  • Successful completion of a two – three hour training on shelving
  • Follow instructions in Shelver’s Manual
  • Assist with organizing books on the carts before shelving begins
  • Notify Volunteer Coordinator of problems or suggestions for improved shelving

 
Training Provided:
An orientation to the Library and a two to three hour training on shelving as well as specific training on the Dewey Decimal System. Each volunteer will receive a copy of the Shelver’s Manual. Staff will always be available to answer additional questions.

 

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to assist the Library in creating an effective volunteer workforce
  • Opportunity to brush-up or enhance your own library skills
  • Chance to meet people who share similar interests
  • Opportunity to discover new books you might be interested in reading
  • Light physical exercise in a pleasant environment

Library Maintenance

Importance of Position:
Ensures that our Library floors are vacuumed, shelves are kept clean and dust free, table tops are clean and book jackets are clean.

 

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Library
  • Willingness to work with assigned trainer
  • Physical ability to bend, stretch, push a vacuum and lift small items


Responsible To: Library Volunteer Coordinator (209)754-6567


Responsibilities:

  • Successful completion of a training period
  • Willingness to come in for assigned work periods
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator if you have suggestions or problems
  • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator when you are unable to come in

 
Training Provided:
An orientation to the Library and a short training period. Staff will always be available to answer questions or give assistance.

 

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Opportunity to assist the Library in creating an effective volunteer workforce
  • Opportunity to see what is new at the library
  • Chance to meet people who share similar interests
  • Light physical exercise in a pleasant environment
  • Opportunity to enhance the appearance of the Library