Volunteer

InformationDue to COVID-19, PPLD has very limited volunteer opportunities and we are not actively accepting volunteer applications. As our facilities continue to provide more services, we will post volunteer opportunities as needed and accept applications for those specific positions only.

Adult Volunteer Application


. Teen Advisory Board

TEENS NEEDED!

Have a voice in your community, meet new friends, and make a difference, all while earning volunteer hours in a fun way!
We need teens who are willing to help plan programs for their peers, step up social media interaction, and make the teen areas of Pikes Peak Library District the best they can be.
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group that advises the young adult library staff on how to make the library more teen-friendly. Planning, implementing, and participating in teen programs, are a few of the ways you will be helping others in your community.

VOLUNTEER POSITION TITLE: Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

PRINCIPLE DUTIES and/or RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Give input on social media
• Guide virtual and in person programming for teens
• Advise Young Adult Services regarding library services for teens across the Pikes Peak Library District.

LOOKING FOR TEENS WHO:
• Will attend monthly meetings
• Will participate in TAB discussions and voice your opinions
• Will respect the opinions, tastes, privacy, and choices of others
• Who show: Leadership, Enthusiasm, Teamwork
• Are 12 to 18 years of age
WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF IT?
 Having a say in materials and programs for teens at the library.
 Opportunity to be creative and expressive through art and imaginative activities.
 Personal satisfaction in serving your community and peers.
 Community service hours look great on college and job applications.
 Make new friends

LOCATION:
• Virtual

TIME COMMITMENT:
• Meet virtually once a month. Specific dates and times will be decided by the members of the committee.
• Amount of project time spent between meetings will be determined by the teen volunteer and the young adult staff member.

REPORTS TO:
• Young Adult Librarian – Larissa Powers

GO TO: https://ppld.org/teens/volunteer to fill out an application.

Location(s):
  • Virtual
Hours:
Specific dates and times will be decided by the members of the committee.

Friends Book Pages Labeling

Friends of PPLD purchases the monthly Book Pages which are distributed at each Library on a monthly basis. We put labels on the Book Pages that acknowledges that the Friends sponsors this benefit to Library patrons. Patricia Webb, Board Member, leads this effort.

Location(s):
Hours:
During the 3rd week of the month for approximately 2 hours.

Friends Bookstore Stocker

Help us re-stock books, straighten up shelves, alphabetize books, create displays, perform light cleaning duties and re-stock handouts at the bookstores.

Hours:
Flexible. 2-3 hours per week. Volunteers are requested to commit to a minimum of one shift per week. Availability varies by location.

Friends Members Newsletter

Work with a team led by a Board member to create, write, publish a quarterly electronic newsletter that informs our members of the Friends events and activities for both the branches and district; recognizes our great volunteers; and advocates for the programs and events sponsored by PPLD.

We need help for:

  • Reaching out to Libraries, District Friends Operations Coordinator, PPLD for quarterly stories and pictures
  • Writing the stories
  • Editing
  • Formatting the newsletter in electronic format

Skills/Experience needed: Writing, project management, newsletter creation.

Location: Most of this work will be done remotely via zoom calls or phone calls. There may be periodic meetings at East Library.

Location(s):
Hours:
Flexible. 5-10 hours per quarter.

Friends Office Assistant

We need an assistant to work with the Operations Coordinator. Several people could share this job. Duties will include copying, inventory supplies, transporting carts of books, shelving, and boxing books, entering data into spreadsheets, performing internet lookups, running errands and general light office clean-up.

Skills/Experience needed: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and internet research methods.

Location(s):
Hours:
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. weekly on Tuesdays or Fridays

Friends Online Book Scanners

Have a couple of hours free every week? Friends seeks detail-oriented, tech-savvy volunteers to scan book donations and discards for books to sell on Friends online outlets. Training provided.

Location(s):
Hours:
2-3 hours per week. Volunteers are requested to commit to a minimum of one shift per week. Availability varies by location.

Library Helpers

PRINCIPAL DUTIES and/or RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with program preparation and/or facilitation
  • Help children with crafts
  • Assist staff with everyday functions of the library
  • Complete other tasks as needed

SKILLS NEEDED:

  • Excellent reading skills
  • Ability to communicate with children and adults
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to maintain a high level of concentration

TRAINING:

  • Will be provided on site as necessary

TIME COMMITMENT:

  • Attend programs as needed

REPORTS TO:

  • Branch Staff (varies by location)

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Ability to stand for extended periods on a daily basis
  • Ability to lift and carry objects up to 50lbs

This position description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with this position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the Pikes Peak Library District. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable someone with a qualifying disability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Library Helper Volunteer Position Description

Hours:
varies

Review Crew

The Review Crew is a way for teens (ages 12-18) to earn volunteer hours by writing qualifying reviews to be published on Pikes Peak Library District’s teen website. Check out some of our book reviews at https://ppld.org/teens/book-reviews for examples.

Once we’ve confirmed that we received your application and you’re ready to submit a review, go to https://ppld.org/review-book and tell us your thoughts!

Here’s a list of things to considering when leaving a book review:

  • Be sure your review is at least 5 sentences long. Anything shorter won’t qualify for volunteer hours.
  • Go in depth about what you did or didn’t like about the book. Consider questions like “why did you choose this book?” “did the book surprise you, or was it predictable?” “could you relate to any of the characters in the book?”
  • Include your grade in school at the end of your book review.
  • Each qualifying book review you submit will earn you 1 volunteer hour for a maximum of 5 hours per month.

Review Crew Volunteer Position Description

Location(s):
  • Other
Hours:
1 qualifying book review = 1 hour volunteer service

Workforce Readiness Training

Get ready to get a job or go to college! Work your way through modules focused on professionalism, communication, social skills, and goal setting to prepare yourself for the next big step in your life. Folks below age 15 should focus on the “basic” training while older youth might find the “intermediate” training more appropriate. Complete the training and pass an assessment to earn 10 hours of volunteer credit! Get started here: https://research.ppld.org/workforce-readiness-training

Location(s):
  • Virtual
Hours:
varies