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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


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:

  • Do you love a bargain at the grocery store? Read Grocery Ads every other Thursday morning from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. This is one of our most popular programs for our listeners!
  • What’s going on in Decatur? Or Auburn? Or Columbia City? Find out – along with our listeners – by reading Area News. We have a weekly, Thursday morning, 9:00 am – 11:00 am opportunity available to read our area community newspapers from hard copy and from the iPad.
  • Current, up-to-date local news is our focus! Read the Journal Gazette live, with a volunteer partner, every Thursday 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 call the Audio Reading Service at (260) 421-1375 with any questions.

Would you like to help children peruse their stem skills (Science, technology, engineering & math) and their imaginations? One young man was able to create a hand for someone with no fine motor skills. He did this for his uncle using Legos, filament and a glove!  This volunteer will help with tasks such as breaking down LEGO creations from the previous week’s display, setting up tables, chairs, and other materials in the program room, helping with creating display of LEGO creations, etc. Training will be provided by staff. 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 3:00-6:00

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 would be assisting the librarian with room set-up and tear down, handing out supplies during storytime, welcoming customers, and counting attendance.  Adult or mature teen available during the times listed:

  • Mondays, 9:30-11:30 – Baby Storytime
  • Wednesdays, 9:30-12:30 – Toddler Storytime + Young at Art
  • Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 – Family Storytime


Do you like to put books on hold at the library? Well if you do, maybe you would like to come in and help pull those books one day a week. We call that the Picklist Volunteer! The Picklist Volunteer will assist branch staff with processing customer holds by locating and retrieving specific items on the picklist. Look for items on the picklist in adult, juvenile, young adults and paperbacks, matching barcode numbers on the list with barcodes in the books. Find all items if possible. Assist with other duties as needed. Training will be provided by Branch staff. Weekly commitment of at least 2 hours. We are looking for adults who would be available for at least 6 months. If you are interested in applying for the Picklist Volunteer, you must have stamina for continued standing, walking, stretching, bending and stooping; the ability to take direction and then work independently. A volunteer is needed at the time listed below:

  • Saturdays, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Aboite Branch Project Assistant
The Aboite branch is on the lookout for a volunteer who can help us with a variety of projects. Projects could include tasks such as:

  • Pulling books from a list
  • Straightening books and materials on shelves
  • Cutting, counting, and prepping materials for crafts and programs
  • Sanitizing toys in the Children’s area.
  • Scanning books or other computer–based projects (if comfortable with using the computer).

This volunteer would be needed for 2-3 hours one day per week.

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.)


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



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.