Volunteers are a welcome and integral part of our library. They have a tremendous impact on our ability to deliver quality service to patrons by sharing their time and talents, and volunteering at the library is a great way to build your skills and give back to the community.
Volunteers are matched to available activities which may include shelving and shelf reading, cleaning and repairing library materials, retrieving items for the reserve list, applying stickers, stamps, and barcodes to materials, preparing materials for craft and storytime, and other special projects that may come along. Some of the tasks may require physical actions such as reaching, bending, lifting, and pushing heavy books and book carts.
SCHEDULES & TRAINING
Volunteers are selected based on their qualifications in relation to the needs of the library at any given time, and based on their ability to commit to a consistent schedule of volunteer hours. A typical volunteer shift is two hours, but may be shorter or longer depending upon the assignment. We ask that volunteers be reliable in their commitment to the library and notify the library in advance if they are unable to work their regularly scheduled shift.
Volunteers are required to sign in or log in to the Volunteer Log each day upon arrival, and wear a badge identifying them to patrons as library volunteers. All volunteers will receive specific training for their assigned duties prior to their first shift.
Applications are available at the library and can be returned to David Aronson, Public Services Librarian, in person, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax: 508-539-1437. Potential volunteers will be contacted by the Public Services Librarian for an in person interview to discuss interest and availability for assignments.
In order to be accepted as a volunteer, all applicants over the age of 18 are required to undergo a Criminal Offender Records Information (CORI) check as a final step in the volunteer screening process. In order to complete this process, applicants must bring a driver’s license or a passport to the Human Resources department at the Mashpee Town Hall where they will be provided with a copy of the Town of Mashpee’s CORI Policy and a CORI acknowledgement form.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & SEASONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Due to the time commitment involved in recruiting, processing, and training volunteers, the library can not always accommodate requests from volunteers seeking short term opportunities. It may from time to time accept volunteers for short term or seasonal volunteer opportunities when contacted well in advance.