InformationAll PPLD facilities will be closed on Sunday, April 20. Happy Easter!

Volunteers

Fill out a volunteer application and return it to the Human Resources Office at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 531-6333, x1251 with questions.

Volunteer Opportunities - Adults

"Family Place" Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help at a 5-week series of health and early learning workshops with parents and small children - babies to age 5. Assist staff to:

  • Set up, take down and clean up tables, chairs, materials and props
  • Clean and rotate toys in the Children's area
Wed from 9-noon on Feb 16, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12 and Mar 19

Adult Literacy & ESL Tutors

Share your love of education with others! Tutor an adult once a week for 2 hours. You and the student get to choose a schedule that works for both of you. Work one-on-one with an adult to improve their reading, writing, comprehensive or English language skills. There is a one-year minimum time period when paired with a student. No teaching experience is required. Training is required and provided.

  • Training session: Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Penrose Library
  • Training session: Thursday, May 1 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Penrose Library

Please complete an application and return it to the Literacy Office at Penrose Library.

Varies

AfterMath Coordinators

The library is seeking adults who love math and are excited to coordinate free math help sessions for students on a weekly, walk-in basis. Modeled after the successful volunteer AfterMath program at Monument Library, volunteers will assist students of all ages with math topics such as: fractions, decimals, percents, pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, pre-Calculus and Calculus.

Coordinators will commit to a school semester and will:

  • Recruit math tutors who love math and working with young people
  • Work as a team with staff to host an orientation for volunteers
  • Develop and maintain weekly schedule of 2-hour slots
  • Schedule tutors for a broad range of math topics for each slot
  • Serve as the contact to provide information to students, parents and volunteers
  • Attend AfterMath sessions to facilitate and handle sign-in and timesheets
Call for days and times

AfterMath Tutors

Under the general supervision of a site coordinator, AfterMath volunteer tutors will:

  • Attend an orientation session
  • Commit to and sign up to assist at least two hours per month
  • Assist students of all ages with K through college-level math topics, depending on current skills and comfort level of each tutor such as: fractions, decimals, percents, pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, pre-Calculus and Calculus.
Call for days and times

Anime/Manga Club Facilitator

Share your interest and knowledge of anime/manga by facilitating a club for middle and high school students. This volunteer will:

  • Plan and facilitate club activities
  • Lead discussions about manga/anime
  • Guide drawing activities
  • Develop fun-related activities
Two hours per month; schedule to be determined

Holds Processors

Assist library staff with transferring books that patrons are requesting;

  • Pull-list Retrievers: Pull books from shelves according to "pull-list" (East Library)
  • Bin Processing: Remove books from bin; place on cart (High Prairie: Mon, Wed, Thurs am)
See above

Literacy Classroom Assistants

Be an assistant for an ESL or GED instructor. There are a variety of locations, and both morning and evening classes take place throughout the week. Assistants help instructors with a variety of tasks including working with students directly. There is a 5-week minimum time period when assisting in a class. No teaching experience is required. Training is required and provided.

  • Training: Saturday, Feb 1 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Penrose Library
  • Training: Thursday, May 1 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Penrose Library

Please complete an application and return it to the Literacy Office at Penrose Library.

Varies

Volunteer Opportunities - PPLD Teens

Teen Advisory Councils (school year only)

Advisory Councils meet monthly or more often at the following libraries to help plan programs and events:

Briargate Library (TAB)
East Library (TAG)
Fountain Library
Manitou Springs Library
Monument Library
Old Colorado City Library (OC3)
Penrose Library (PYAC)
Ruth Holley Library

Varies; contact staff member at library location