Volunteer

The purpose of the Volunteer Services Department is to empower individuals to the productive use of their talents, skills and gifts in providing the highest level of quality service to the patrons of the Allen County Public Library.

Adopted July, 1994 
Revised October,1996

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VOLUNTEERING AT THE ACPL

Volunteers are essential to the function of the ACPL. From the opening of the library in 1895, volunteers have played vital roles at the Allen County Public Library. Each year over 1000 individuals give of their time and talents to assist staff in the delivery of quality service to customers at the Main Library and all thirteen branches. The priority of the Volunteer Services department is to ensure a win-win situation for both volunteers and staff that will result in positive, satisfying experiences.

QUESTIONS?

For more information on any of the volunteer positions listed, please call Danielle Gleason at (260) 421-1233 or e-mail her at dgleason@acpl.info

FAQs

What kind of opportunities are available?

A variety of volunteer opportunities are available at the library that may suit your interests and our needs

How much time do I have to commit?

From weekly commitments, to assisting monthly, to one-time special events, or volunteering as a family unit.

How old do I have to be?

If you are 13 years or older, you may apply to be a volunteer at the ACPL. Individuals under the age of 18 must obtain parental/guardian permission.

How do I apply?

You can find our Volunteer Application here.

What is the application process?

If your interests and skills match our needs, an interview will be scheduled which will include filling out an application, discussing time commitments, and going over other aspects of volunteering. 

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

AFTER SCHOOL AT THE LIBRARY VOLUNTEERGeorgetown Branch

After school time at our Georgetown branch is a busy, busy time! If you want to make an impact on young lives and lend a hand to our librarians, this could be the volunteer position for you. The Afterschool at the Library volunteer will assist our librarians by setting up and laying out supplies, playing board and card games with students, drawing or coloring with students, and helping to maintain appropriate movie-going behavior on movie days. Familiarity with teens, teen behavior, and genuinely liking teens is a must for this position! If this sounds like you, please apply by filling out a volunteer application. Volunteers are needed Monday – Friday from 2:00-4:00. Volunteers may work one of these shifts, or multiple if desired.


HOMEWORK HELP – Georgetown Branch
We are in search of volunteers to assist middle and high school students with homework after school. Math is the number one subject for which students come to us with questions. Volunteers must be able to explain math concepts to middle and high school students. We ask that volunteers have knowledge in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. Volunteers also assist with many other subjects such as science, social studies and English.  If you are interested in assisting students with homework, have the necessary knowledge and or training, are able to communicate clearly, maintain an approachable manner, actually like teenagers and successfully complete a criminal record check, then Homework Help is the volunteer position for you!


CHESS INSTRUCTORGeorgetown Branch
Do you enjoy playing chess and feel like you could teach others? Our Georgetown Branch is searching for intermediate – advanced level chess players to teach beginners and play chess with intermediate and skilled players. We are looking for multiple volunteers to cover morning, afternoon, and evening hours. The commitment for this position would be once or twice per week for a 1-2 hour period of time. Please fill out a volunteer application if this sounds like the position for you!


BRANCH ASSISTANT VOLUNTEERTecumseh Branch

Our Tecumseh branch is a well-loved branch that serves as a vibrant heart to our local community! We are so well loved, that our staff could use some help to ensure we can maintain that status. We are seeking a volunteer to assist our staff in various duties such as shelving and straightening books, preparing items for programs, assisting children with crafts, cleaning of toys and other duties as assigned. We would request a weekly commitment of 2-3 hours. Schedule will be determined between volunteer and staff. If this sounds like something you would enjoy and can commit to, come join in our fun by filling out a volunteer application.


CHILDREN'S SERVICES VOLUNTEER

Our Children’s Services Department at the Main Library wants to be able to reach even more children with our amazing programs. You can help us do that! We are seeking a volunteer to come in two hours per day, once every other week to help us prepare materials for upcoming displays and programs – especially our highly in demand Take & Make Kits. The schedule for this volunteer is very flexible. Tell us what works for you. If this sounds like a good fit, please fill out a volunteer application.


ABOITE STORYTIME ASSISTANT

Early literacy requires that children experience talking, reading, writing, singing and playing. That is what happens during storytime at the Aboite Branch. We are looking for volunteers to assist our librarian with our storytimes both before and after storytime. You will be assisting the librarian with room set-up and teardown, handing out supplies during storytime, welcoming customers, and counting attendance.  Adult or mature teen available during the times listed:

  • Mondays, 10:15 and 11:00 – Baby Storytime
  • Wednesdays, 10:15 and 11:00 – Toddler Storytime  
  • Thursdays, 10:15 and 11:00 – Family Storytime

We would like for this volunteer to be able to make this a six month or more commitment due to the amount of training involved.


AUDIO READING SERVICE

Enjoy reading aloud, and empowering others?

The Audio Reading Service broadcasts the live reading of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, and we broadcast the recorded readings of over 65 other publications such as Fort Wayne Business News, Prevention, People, Consumer Reports, and The New Yorker.

Our target audience is listeners of all ages who have visual, physical, learning, or language challenges to reading traditional print.

Current Opportunities

  • Read Rolling Stone magazine’s award-winning articles about the music and entertainment industry, and pop-culture news for our listeners. A weekly two-hour commitment - we will work with your schedule.

  • Current, up-to-date local news is our focus! Read the Journal Gazette live, with a volunteer partner, every Tuesday morning. The time commitment: 8:00 am -11:00 am

If your skills and passions match our needs, we’d love to have you join our audio reading team of ACPL volunteers! An interview and audition is required. Please contact the Audio Reading Service at (260) 421-1375 or audioreader@acpl.info with any questions.


ACCESS FORT WAYNE STUDIO CAMERA OPERATOR
Lights, camera and action! Do you think of the world in pictures? Do you like to take photos? You might be interested in learning how to run a studio camera? We need volunteers to serve as studio camera operators for Access Fort Wayne at the Main Library. You’ll get to know what happens behind the scenes and be part of the action! This position entails assisting the producer in arranging props and chairs on the set in preparation for production; operating the camera and giving cues to talent during a production according to the instructions of the director; and assisting with putting the props away after the production. Volunteers must be available to work at least one production every three months. Camera operators may be assigned on a regular basis or on a flexible schedule as contacted via telephone by producer. You have to have some stamina – this position involves continued standing and operating of camera controls. If you are interested in volunteering as a studio camera operator, you must have successfully completed the studio camera operator workshop through Access Fort Wayne; be able to maintain professional behavior at all times of volunteer activity; and have successfully completed a criminal history check.