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Be a Volunteer!

  1. Please fill out the entire application. Your application cannot be processed unless it is complete.
  2. background check will be conducted on all applicants, and can take up to two weeks.
  3. When your background check is completed, a library staff member will contact you to set up a time for training for the volunteer position you’ve selected and you’ll be part of our story!

Please Note

  • Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older unless volunteering under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian that is also an approved volunteer.
  • We only accept community service volunteers through the City of Arlington Municipal Teen Court program. We are unable to accept or authorize any other court ordered community service volunteers at this time.
  • We also have opportunities for groups (families, service clubs, church groups, etc.). Do you know of a group that would like to help make Arlington a great place to live? Contact us and we’ll be in touch!
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Book Wrangler

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As a Book Wrangler, you will improve library experiences by making sure that all materials are in their designated spot. This position has flexible hours and is available at all seven locations.

Sign Up as a Book Wrangler on our city’s volunteer page.

Responsibilities:

  • Organize and shelve items
  • Mend items using our provided supplies
  • Use disc-cleaning machine
  • Assist with shelf-reading the collection
Book Wranglers in Action

Required Skills
  • A positive attitude
  • Ability to alphabetize
  • Ability to bend, scoop, lift, stand for extended periods of time and push a loaded book cart (thought not all at once!)
  • Familiarity with the Dewey Decimal System of organization
Volunteer as a Literacy Tutor

We are looking for students, professionals and residents in the Arlington area to lead tutoring sessions, conversation circles, homework help for 1st-3rd grade and support adults enrolled in our literacy programs.

All tutors participate in an orientation to acquaint them with the program philosophy and structure. We are committed to providing ongoing support for our volunteers.

Literacy Tutors in Action

Required Skills
  • Commitment to a specific time slot each week, through the end of a specific term.
  • Passion for lifelong learning and commitment to helping a person grow
  • Resilient dedication, great patience, and the ability to have FUN!
  • Previous tutoring experience is not necessary
Tech Wizard

Change a life! As a Tech Wizard, you will share your technology skills with a variety of library users. You can assist with a computer class, guide library patrons on the internet, download audiobooks or show users how to use equipment in the maker space. Help bridge the digital divide in our community!

There are opportunities for anyone interested in helping people learn, regardless of experience teaching or with technology. Responsibilities may include:

  • Teach classes in one of our computer labs or Youth Technology Centers.
  • Give presentations on new social media and technology trends.
  • Provide one on one help to patrons using the library’s public computer centers.
  • Create help guides for computer users.
Tech Wizards in Action

Tech Wizard leading classes

 

Required Skills

Required Skills:

  • Lots of patience.
  • Working knowledge of computers, the Internet, e-mail, Microsoft Office, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, downloadable audiobooks and eBooks as well as many other current and upcoming technologies (training will be provided).
  • Good presentation skills
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of users one-on-one or in groups.
  • A positive attitude, friendly, courteous and enthusiastic
  • Ability to make a minimum commitment of 2-3 hours per week for a period of at least 3 months. Weekend and evening shifts are available.
Actor

Are you a bookworm, actor AND a volunteer? Prove it by volunteering to serve as our library mascot, Read! Read loves to go out to elementary and middle schools, community events, and library programs to share his love of books and inspire kids to read.

Sign Up as an Actor on our city’s volunteer page.

Responsibilities:

Wear the READ costume at attend community events.

Actors in Action

 

Required Skills
  • A pageant-like wave.
  • Excellent dance moves.
  • A positive and playful attitude.
  • A toleration of heat, and ability to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Availability during the evenings and on weekends is a plus.
Books on Wheels

Books on Wheels Drivers deliver books and other material to senior residences, whether a single family home, assisted living facility or senior living apartment complex.

Reading or listening to books for recreation and information is therapeutic for seniors because it can engage and stimulate the mind, evoke pleasant memories, and introduce new ideas for discussion with others. Invest a couple of hours twice a month to make a real difference in someone’s life!

Sign Up to be a Books on Wheels Driver on our city’s volunteer page.

Responsibilities

  • Have your own transportation
  • Be willing to drive a short route twice a month to deliver library materials
Books on Wheels in Action

Required Skills
  • Drivers license in good standing
  • Friendly
  • Timely
Heritage Sleuth

Do you have experience digging up your family tree? Want to share your knowledge? Assist customers with genealogical quests and local history projects by being a Heritage Sleuth.

Sign Up to be a Heritage Sleuth on our city’s volunteer page.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist others in researching their family histories

  • Pass along your research techniques to others

  • Assist with digitizing/recording local historical information (oral history, photographs, etc.)

Required Skills
  • Experience with genealogy resources in print and online
  • Computer skills
  • Willingness to help and teach others
  • Ability to make a minimum commitment of 2 hrs/wk for at least a 3 month period.
College Internships

Do you need an internship for college? Do you have a special skill you can share with the library? Arlington Public Library currently hosts college internships and practicum assignments.

Examples include:

  • Technical Services digitization projects.
  • General Reference/Customer Service for adults and children

  • Special projects on demand.

  • Got a better idea? Run it past us, and we will determine if it is a good fit.

Interns in Action

Required Skills
  • A smile!
  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program.
  • Friendly demeanor and ability to get along with a diverse group of people.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Lots of patience.
  • A strong grasp of computers, the Internet, e-mail, Microsoft Office, social networking sites such as facebook and twitter, photo editing and hosting sites, downloadable audiobooks and ebooks as well as many other current and upcoming technologies.
  • Ability to communicate with others.
  • A positive attitude and ability to get along with a diverse group of people.
  • Ability to make a minimum commitment of 2-3 hours per week for a period of at least 3 months.
How to Apply
  • Contact the volunteer coordinator to set up a meeting with administrators.
  • Indicate a position that interests you. After application processing, an interview will be arranged to match your interest and availability with the positions open. Please bring a resume and all university required documents to the meeting. If selected for this position, training will be provided and a staff member will always be close at hand to offer assistance.
Community Reader

Encourage childhood literacy and inspire kids by presenting storytimes out in the community. Volunteers will lead storytimes at childcare centers on a bi-weekly basis, and all volunteers must make a one semester commitment to participate. If a volunteer would like to lead weekly storytimes, that can be arranged as well. Volunteers will also need to attend a storytime workshop.

Sign Up to be a Community Reader on our city’s volunteer page.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend a storytime workshop.
  • Have your own transportation and be willing to drive to a local childcare center.
  • Provide interactive and exciting storytimes to preschoolers.
Required Skills
  • A Smile!
  • A love for children and reading.
  • Creativity.
  • A positive attitude and ability to get along with a diverse group of people.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
Program Helper

As a Program Helper, you will work side-by-side with our staff to help set up and assist events, special projects and programs.

Sign Up to be a Program Helper on our city’s volunteer page.

Responsibilities:

  • Meet and greet members of the community while attending library programs and community events.
  • Provide general information about library services, programs and materials.
  • Assist with special projects such as fundraising and marketing assignments.  
  • Assist with the setup, implementation, and cleanup of library programs.
  • Take pictures of the community’s experience.
Program Helpers in Action

Required Skills
  • A Smile!
  • A positive attitude.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Friendly, welcoming demeanor and ability to get along with a diverse group of people. 
  • Knowledge of languages other than English is helpful, but not required.
Secret Shopper

The Arlington Public Library is always interested in improving our customer service to all patrons. As a Library Secret Shopper, you will identify our strengths and weaknesses in customer service by evaluating your online, phone, and in person experiences.

Sign Up to be a Secret Shopper on our city’s volunteer page.

Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate your user experiences with our online offerings such as the library catalog, online bill pay, and Ask a Librarian.
  • Evaluate your phone experience by sharing such factors as wait time, staff knowledge and friendliness.
  • Visit the library and evaluate such factors as parking, building cleanliness, wait time, staff knowledge and friendliness.
Required Skills
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Secret shopping experience or customer service training is helpful.
  • Ability to complete surveys during the period of time specified.
Storytime Helper

We love to get people excited about reading, literacy and growing our community. Working side by side with library staff, the Library Ambassador attends community events, helps plan programs, and networks with community leaders and organizations to spread the word about the library.

Sign Up to be a Library Ambassador on our city’s volunteer page.

Responsibilities:

  • Meet and greet members of the community while attending library programs and community events.

  • Provide general information about library services, programs and materials.
  • Distribute promotional material.
  • Assist with the setup, implementation, and cleanup of library programs.
Required Skills
  • A Smile!
  • A love for children and reading.
  • Creativity.
  • A positive attitude and ability to get along with a diverse group of people.
  • Ability to make a minimum commitment of 1-2 hours per week for a period of at least 3 months.
  • If you have Spanish speaking skills, we have offer bilingual Storytimes at several locations.