The library accepts applications for positions that are listed and open.
Fill out a volunteer application and

  • Drop it off at the library where you wish to volunteer; or
  • Email it to: nmilvid@ppld.org; or
  • Place it in the drop box near the lobby of East Library or Library 21c

Volunteer Opportunities - Adults

Adult Literacy 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 1 year minimum time period when paired with a student. No teaching experience is required. Training is required.


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


AfterMath Coordinators and Tutors


  • Develop and maintain weekly schedule of 2-hour slots
  • Schedule tutors
  • Serve as the contact to provide information to students
  • Attend AfterMath sessions

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.

Complete and return an AfterMath volunteer application where you wish to serve.

Manitou Springs: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m. during the school year

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:

  • Lead discussions about manga/anime
  • Guide drawing activities
  • Develop fun-related activities
Every 3rd Saturday from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Computer Software Instructor

Assist C3 staff with delivering instruction on specialized software such as:

  • 2D or 3D design; photo-editing; Web or mobile-app, presentation, business start-up and management software.
  • Create intro and/or intermediate curriculum and co-teach classes
  • Prepare materials for classes and maker space technology demonstration events
5 – 15 hours per month; days and times varied based on availability

ESL/GED 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.


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


Holds Processors/Shelvers

Serve behind the scenes a few hours per week to assist staff with processing and transferring books patrons have requested. Volunteers will locate books on the shelves, discharge items with a computer device, shelve materials on the holds shelves, and place materials in bins to go to other libraries.

Various weekday mornings

Holds Processors/Transfer Room

Assist library staff with various tasks involved with transferring books requested by patrons:

  • Pull-list Retrievers – From a “pull” list, retrieve books from shelves, place on book cart.
Mondays and/or Tuesdays 8 - 10 a.m.

Speak English Facilitators

Help English language learners improve their ability to communicate effectively in everyday situations. One or two facilitators lead activities for a group to practice English conversation. A 6-month to 1 year commitment is expected. Training is required and provided.


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


Welcome Desk Greeters

Volunteer solo, or with a friend and serve as a team as the first point-of- contact at Library 21c. Friendly and outgoing people will greet patrons, direct visitors to different sections of the library, and answer general questions about services offered.

Weekends, evenings

Volunteer Opportunities - PPLD Teens

Study Buddies

Teen volunteers – 13-17 - will help students in grades K – 5 with homework or reading practice.
The program runs September 9, 2014 - April 30, 2015.

  • Assist students with a range of elementary school homework topics including reading, English, history, science and math.
East Library - Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Library 21c - Thursdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Teen Advisory Boards

Teen Advisory Boards meet monthly or more to suggest topics, and plan and host programs and services for teens. Most meet after school or early evening on a weekday.

Varies; contact staff member at library location