Samuels Public Library's Volunteers play a critical role in the day to day success of the library. We are always looking for dedicated people willing to perform clerical duties, shelve books, teach computer classes or help out in the Children's Department. If you have the time and the inclination, we would love to hear from you. Just complete the form below and click submit, or stop by and fill out our volunteer application available at the Circulation Desk - the application process helps us to determine where your skills can best be used!
If you have an interest in volunteering at the library, you can fill out this online application or pick up an application in person. Please take a moment to view our Volunteer Policy, located below.
Adult Volunteer Policy
Please note that many positions are physically demanding, requiring but not limited to: bending, stooping, stretching, climbing a stepstool or ladder, and wheeling book carts throughtout the library. Below is a list of positions we need volunteers to fill - click on a position title to view a brief description:
Shelve all circulating items accurately, straighten and shift items as needed, pull books needing attention or repair.
Maintain magazines in shelf order, file back issues, see to general tidiness of periodical shelves and notify staff of missing issues.
Operate delicate cleaning equipment to quickly return damaged books on CD, music CDs, and DVDs to circulation.
Welcome and direct patrons; conduct tours of the building when needed; assist patrons with copier, computers, self-checkout, etc; light housekeeping to maintain cleanliness of areas throughout the building.
Assist staff with story time and other creative programs. May include set-up and break down of programs.
Assist staff in processing items for circulation and mending damaged items for quick return to circulation.
Help patrons in all aspects of computer use, from the basics like email accounts and downloading music to using a flash drive and filling out online applications. Conducting both group and individual classes or tutorials in areas of expertise.
Assist library staff with monitoring halls, restrooms, seating areas, and grounds for cleanliness, comfort, and patron safety. Assist with recycling, watering plants, etc.
In addition to, or perhaps instead of regular volunteer schedule, "on call" volunteers would be contacted when a special short-term project arises requiring immediate attention, such as books sales, preparation of mailings, etc.
Gardening at Samuels Library
The Library is beginning the process of making significant improvements to the landscaping of the grounds - to that end, we are always in need of help. A brief explanation of our landscape needs follows:
Our library has been landscaped with over one hundred deciduous and evergreen trees and we will be developing gardens soon.
Our intent is to develop the landscape so we can teach different class in gardening and provide the public with instruction on design, plant identification, correct planting and maintenance.
There are opportunities now for you to join the “Library Gardening Group” and help us maintain our grounds. What you don’t know we will teach you. Please leave your name and contact information with library staff, or indicate your desire to help in this area on the online form, and the Samuels Landscape Committee will contact you.