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Volunteering At The Library

Volunteers play a vital role at the Ephrata Public Library. By donating their time and skills, they support and enhance the library's services and mission.

If you'd like to volunteer in the library, please look at our current volunteer openings and complete the online volunteer application. Please contact Abby Balmer, Circulation Supervisor at 717-738-9291 ext. 104 or abalmer@ephratapubliclibrary.org if you have any questions or need more details. All volunteers are required to have a Pennsylvania Criminal Clearance and a Child Sexual Abuse Clearance before beginning.

Current Volunteer Openings:

  • Adopt-A-Shelf Volunteers – the library is looking for volunteers to "read" and straighten shelves in a library section of their choice at least once a month.
  • Shelvers – the library is looking for volunteer shelvers available weeknights between the hours of 4pm – 8pm and Saturdays between 9am – 5pm.
  • Teen Graduation Projects

Volunteer Position Descriptions:

Adopt-A-Shelf Volunteer

Volunteers "read" and straighten shelves in a library section of their choice at least once a month.

Qualifications: The physical ability to reach, bend, and stretch. The ability to arrange items in alphabetical or numerical order, and to develop a working understanding of the Dewey Decimal system.

Book Repair Volunteer

Volunteers mend books so that they can continue to be used by the public. Most repairs include taping torn pages and covers, repairing books spines, re-covering books, and replacing spine labels.

Qualifications: Must have great attention to detail and good manual dexterity.

Reserved Books Volunteer

Volunteers call library patrons to inform them requested library materials are ready for pick-up, as well as shelve called material on the holdshelf.

Qualifications: Proper phone etiquette, as well as the ability to follow directions and arrange items in alphabetical order.

Shelver

Volunteers sort and arrange library materials on shelving carts, and shelve materials in appropriate section.

Qualifications: The physical ability to push a shelving cart, as well as reach, bend, stretch, and lift. The ability to efficiently arrange items in alphabetical or numerical order, and to develop a working understanding of the Dewey Decimal system and library layout. Ability to follow instructions and pay attention to detail.

Volunteer Application Form



This page was last modified on June 17 2012