Volunteer!

Becoming a volunteer is an excellent way to give back to our community and become involved with the Library.  

At the Culpeper County Library, we offer a variety of opportunities for community members to make a difference.  Our volunteers compliment our staff positions and fill these roles within our library:

 

 

Circulation Services:

  • Circulation Desk Volunteers provide customer service at our circulation desk.  This includes very detailed work, checking library materials in and out, working with Library card holder accounts, and handling the various functions of our circulation process. The ability to adhere to confidentiality requirements and the possession of basic computer skills are a must.  These volunteers have demonstrated effective customer service skills and a passion for ensuring library patrons of ages and concerns enjoy an uplifting experience at the Library.
  • Shelving Assistant Volunteers are in charge of ensuring library materials are returned to the shelves.   They possess the ability to pay close attention to detail while shelving, reading shelves, arranging library materials by Dewey call number or alphabetical order and have a passion for straightening and organization.  Physical strength is needed to perform this duty, as these volunteers are pushing and pulling book carts that can weigh up to 300 lbs.  This duty also involves a lot of bending, stooping, stretching and reaching during the entire shift.  95% (or more) of our library materials are returned to the shelves by our wonderful Shelving Assistant Volunteers.  Without them, many of the Library's other staff and volunteers would be unable to perform their duties.  Our library would not function properly without them.  We consider our Shelving Assistant Volunteers to be "the spine" of our Library!

Information Services:  

  • Information Desk Volunteers provide reference assistance to library patrons. This includes answering information queries and providing reader's advisory services.  They also provide assistance to patrons using library computers and technology (such as research databases and downloadables - i.e.,  eBooks, eAudios and other types of digital library materials).  The ability to adhere to confidentiality requirements and the possession of intermediate to advanced computer skills are a must. These volunteers typically hold an advanced degree in library or information science and/or have prior experience working in libraries.  They possess a broad knowledge of books and reading, library technology and good research skills.  They possess effective customer service skills and a passion for connecting library users of all ages and skill levels with information and books.
  • Volunteer Computer Instructors teach and develop basic computer classes.  These volunteers hold prior experience in adult education and/or extensive knowledge of computers and technology training. They are able to set scheduled programs up to 2 months in advance and good technical writing skills as well as effective communication skills.  They possess flexibility, loads of patience and a passion for teaching tech to adult computer users of all skill levels.
  • Volunteer Graphic Artists use their graphic design skills to create compelling, inspiring, and uplifting graphics for the Library's website, emails, newsletters, digital and print marketing materials and more. They hold prior experience and/or training in designing marketing collateral for non-profits and understand the concept of branding.  Their work can be performed anywhere, either inside the Library or  virtually and are able to work with the Library's monthly and quarterly deadlines.  (During the application process, please be ready to submit 2 to 4 samples of your work.)

Youth Services:

  • Youth Services Desk Volunteers provide assistance to children, teens and their parents and/or caregivers at our youth services desk. This includes includes finding developmentally appropriate books and reading materials, assisting patrons with finding homework help materials, and providing patrons with library technology instruction (such as how to use homework help databases and how to download eBooks, eAudios and other types of downloadable materials). The ability to adhere to confidentiality requirements and the possession of intermediate to advanced computer skills are a must. These volunteers typically hold a Bachelor of Science in Education and/or prior experience working in libraries. They possess a broad knowledge of books and reading, library technology, and good research skills. They possess effective customer service skills and a passion for connecting children, teens and their parents and caregivers with developmentally appropriate books and reading materials!
  • STEAM Programming (Teen) Volunteers provide assistance to staff librarians during with the Library's monthly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programs, designed for children in grades 3 thru 5.  These volunteers are typically teens, ages 13 and up.  Programs currently are presented on the first Saturday of the month.  Volunteers should expect to arrive at 12:15 to assist with setup.  Programming continues from 1:00 to 2:00, when volunteers will assist children working on projects.  Then, volunteers assist with clean up from 2:00 - 2:30 or 2:45. 
  • Storytime Volunteers provide assistance to staff librarians during the Library's storytime programs. These volunteers are typically teens, ages 13 and up, who are available on Tuesday and/or Friday mornings.  These volunteers set up the storytime area, clean up after the program, and interact with children and parents in varied capacities.  
  • Summer Reading Program Teen Volunteers are teens who get involved with the programs that serve our community's youth.  Later, they can apply for the Teen Advisory Board which plans and runs teen programming along with our Youth Services Coordinator and staff.

Technical Services:  Are you more of a behind-the-scenes person?  Are you more task-oriented?  Do you like paying close attention to details?  These are just the qualities we need for volunteers working in our Technical Services Department.

  • Technical Services Volunteers typically assist with processing our new books.  This includes placing book jackets and spine labels on our books.  They may also assist with processing library materials that are donated to us via our book donation program.  They also perform other tasks associated with maintaining our donations and collections.

General Volunteers:  Provide a wide range of services to the Libary.  Examples of tasks they perform include assisting library staff with one or more of the following:  papercutting, stuffing welcome bags to give to new library card holders, stuffing mailings, helping out at library programs, cleaning out flower beds, peforming "handy man" tasks, staffing survey tables, word processing / typing, etc.  These volunteers could be asked to offer a continuing commitment, or they could be asked to offer a short term commitment, such as volunteering for only a few hours.  

  • Though our volunteer positions are unpaid, these positions still require an investment of time, training, and supervision, which is provided by our Library staff.  
  • The Library accepts new volunteers on an "as needed" basis as we are only able to manage a finite number of volunteers at any given time.  
  • If you discover we have do not have a particular volunteer vacancy available, please do check back with us at a later date.  We frequently have need of volunteers and will post these opportunities as they come available.

Training is provided to all volunteers.

Contact Kathy Clevenger, our Volunteer Coordinator, at 540-825-8691 or at kclevenger@cclva.org if you are interested in knowing more about our volunteer positions.

 

 

Ready to volunteer?  Click here to complete our online volunteer application.

  • Please give us at least one week to consider your application, unless otherwise noted. 
  • You may be asked to visit our location to speak with one of our managers and/or to present samples of your work, depending on the volunteer position, as part of the consideration process.
  • There may be additional paperwork to complete once you begin volunteering.  

Our volunteer manual is a handy tool for understanding your role with the Culpeper County Library.  Please be sure to review it while you are considering volunteering for the Culpeper County Library.  To download our volunteer manual in PDF format, click here.