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Volunteer Services

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

Current Opportunities 

TWICE SOLD TALES VOLUNTEER
Do you want to give back to the library?  The Friends of the Allen County Public Library are looking for volunteers to help with our Twice Sold Tales used book store. Volunteers sort discarded books and place them on shelves for the public to buy. All proceeds from the book sale go back to the Friends of the Library and is used to fund staff training and many various library programs. Volunteers are currently needed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays - prefer mornings, but early afternoons can work.


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.


YOUNG AT ART ASSISTANT
Do you enjoy interacting with children? Do you find art projects fun? You may be just the volunteer we need at our Young at Art program. The Young at Art program is for children ages 2-5 and their adult caregivers. We need a volunteer to assist with preparing any materials for the program, setting up the room, helping staff members during the program as needed, and cleaning up after the program. Must be able to cut out materials and be able to follow directions. Must be able to tolerate stooping and standing and be able to lift up to 20 pounds.

Volunteers are needed at the Aboite Branch on Tuesdays 9:30 – Noon, beginning on September 4.


LEGO CLUB VOLUNTEER
We are in need of a volunteer to assist with our Lego Club. This volunteer will help with setting up Lego Club by laying out supplies, arranging tables and chairs, putting badges away in alphabetical order, and other tasks as needed. During the program, the volunteer will help the librarians by answering questions, helping participants, retrieving items, etc. This volunteer must enjoy working with youth and feel comfortable interacting with customers of all ages. A volunteer age 13 or older is needed at the following locations and times:

Aboite Branch - Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00



HOMEWORK HELP - MAIN LIBRARY
Are you a math whiz? Our Teens Department is in search of volunteers to assist middle and high school students with homework from September - May. 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! We are looking for volunteers to start this fall at the Main Library in the Teens Department


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:

  • Able Living focuses on the needs of people with different abilities. Read a wealth of information on health, work-life, sports, the arts, individual accomplishments and much more -- all focused on other-abled, human potential. Materials are read from the iPad. A weekly, one-hour commitment - we will work with your schedule.
  • Empower listeners by reading O, The Oprah Magazine which offers compelling articles stamped with Oprah's unique vision.  The magazine encourages confident, intelligent women to reach for their dreams and make choices that will lead to happier and more fulfilling lives. A weekly, one-hour commitment - we will work with your schedule.

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.

For more information on any of the positions listed above or to schedule an interview, please call Sandy Screeton, Volunteer Services Manager at (260) 421-1233. 



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 patrons 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 positions listed above or to schedule an interview, please call Sandy Screeton, Volunteer Services Manager at (260) 421-1233 or e-mail her at sscreeton@acpl.lib.in.us.


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 Applicationhere.


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.