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BoulderReads Literacy Tutor


Description:

Partner with an English language learner for three hours per week to help them advance in their literacy skills. Adult Literacy Tutors must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be comfortable reading and writing, speaking and listening in English;
  • Complete the BoulderReads tutor training;
  • Commit to 3 hours of tutoring a week for at least 6 months;
  • Maintain regular contact with learners and BoulderReads staff;
  • Meet learners at library branches or another public locations; and
  • Be proficient with email, basic software and web-based electronic resources.
Time Commitment:

Commit to 3 hours of tutoring a week for at least 6 months.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Karen Bowen, bowenk@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3192 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Conversations in English Volunteer


Description:

Conversations in English is not currently accepting volunteer applications.

Conversations in English (CIE) volunteers provide English learners with opportunities to practice their speaking and listening skills in a friendly and informal environment.


Court Ordered Community Service


Description:

We occasionally have opportunities available for those who must complete court-ordered community service as a result of minor offenses. Work generally involves cleaning and straightening books, and occasional special projects. Please submit a volunteer application and we will contact you when an opportunity is available.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kate Kelsch, kelschk@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-3114 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Donations and Used Book Store Helper


Description:

Do you love of books, movies or music? Do you enjoy organizing and straightening books and materials? We have a volunteer role for you! Help sort donations from the community and make them accessible to the public in our Used Book Store. The core tasks of this volunteer role include: emptying the donations room; sorting and categorizing donated books and materials into appropriate categories (genre); stocking and tidying the Used Bookstore.

Skills and experience required include: love of books, movies or music and familiarity with a variety of genres; interest in organizing books and keeping a bookstore stocked and presentable; reliable and able to set a regular time commitment; and able to grasp and move many books on and off shelves.

Time Commitment:

Two hours per week for at least 3 months.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kate Kelsch, kelschk@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-3114 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Drop In Tech Coach


Description:

Help adult patrons one-on-one in an informal drop-in setting with questions about digital library services such as e-books; basic functions of smartphones, tablets, and MS Windows- and Macintosh-based personal computers; and basic questions about the Internet, common software applications such as MS Office applications like Word and Excel and Adobe products, and common social media platforms like Facebook. Also, assist patrons to access and use pre-selected resources for learning basic computer skills on their own.

Training sessions are currently scheduled for Nov. 19 and Dec. 10 from 5-7 p.m.
View training dates in the Calendar and sign up to train with us! Note that other training dates can be arranged to suit your schedule.

Time Commitment:

Minimum commitment of one hour per month for six months.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Terzah Becker, beckert@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3100 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Homebound Partner Volunteer


Description:

Homebound volunteers play a critical role in ensuring that materials are provided in a timely manner to community members who are unable to visit the library due to extended illness, health condition or disability. Volunteers are matched up with a Homebound patron. The core of the volunteer role involves selecting and delivering books to homebound patron on a regular basis (to be determined by the volunteer and the patron). 

Time Commitment:

Minimum two hours a week for at least six months.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kate Kelsch, kelschk@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-3114 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Library Straightening and Cleaning Volunteer


Description:

With over 1 million visitors per year to our libraries, it is critical to have them well organized and clean. Volunteers in this role will help with a variety of tasks to ensure that the collection is neat and tidy and that the libraries are clean and welcoming. Typically, tasks include straightening books, making sure materials are in order, and cleaning shelves and areas in the library. Staff may also assign additional tasks as needed. 

Time Commitment:

Once per week for 1 to 2 hours for at least 4 months.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kate Kelsch, kelschk@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-3114 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Oral History Team: Speaking of Boulder


Description:

Prospective volunteers can become involved with one of two areas:
1) Maria Rogers Oral History Program (MROHP) -- working on oral history interviews
2) Carnegie Support -- providing general support to the Carnegie Library

Overview: Maria Rogers Oral History Program (MROHP)

The Carnegie Library began collecting oral histories in 1976. The program was named after Maria Rogers, a volunteer manager who led the program in the 1980s. Learn more about MROHP: https://boulderlibrary.org/services/local-history/maria-rogers-oral-history-program/

This is a high-skill opportunity that requires commitment over time. Volunteers contribute to every aspect of the oral history process: conducting interviews, taking notes, transcribing, describing, and posting interviews online.

Overview: Carnegie Support Volunteers

Carnegie Support Volunteers make meaningful contributions to the operations of the library, help to expand and enhance library services, strengthen ties to the community and build public awareness of the diverse services provided by Carnegie Library for Local History.

Learn more online: https://localhistory.boulderlibrary.org/

NOTE: The Oral History Program is especially interested in people who want to be interviewers; Carnegie Library does not currently have openings for Support Volunteers, but this might change. Please submit an application to be considered if/when there are openings for Carnegie Support Volunteers, or to get involved with oral history.

Time Commitment:

Most of these positions require in-depth training on the part of our staff as well as on the part of our volunteers. We are looking for people who are seriously committed to assisting us in making our materials available while also focusing on preservation.

Ready to get involved?


Program and Events Volunteer


Description:

The Boulder Public Library hosts numerous events and programs throughout the year. They would not be possible without volunteer support. Join our volunteer team and work with a wide diversity of people and programs (e.g. Summer of Discovery Programs, Family Play Festival, Jaipur Literature Festival and Adultology programs such as flower arranging and persevering foods). Programs and events are for all ages and many are geared specifically towards families with children. The majority are held during the evenings and on weekends. 

Volunteers duties regularly include setting up for the program/event, greeting participants and/or checking them in, assisting with activities, monitoring the door and space, and cleaning up after the program/event. 

Join us and become a core be part of the fun!

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kate Kelsch, kelschk@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-3114 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Reading Pals


Description:

Reynolds Reading Pals is a program intended to promote literacy skills and a love of reading for children in early elementary school in a comfortable and supportive environment. This program provides Reading Pal role models for once a week reading and word games at the George Reynolds Branch Library. Reading Pals is open to children in grades K-3. 

If you are in grades 9-12, you can apply to partner up with a Little Pal in grades K-3 to serve as a role model for reading and word games.

Applications are accepted only at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters. Click on the application for details on the exact deadlines.

Time Commitment:

Reading Pal sessions are on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons from 4:30-5:30pm. Reading Pals are expected to choose one day and attend every scheduled session. A mandatory training will be held at 4 p.m. on the first day of the session (Feb. 4 or Feb. 8 depending on which session day you're selected for).

Ready to get involved?

Contact Linda Cumming, cummingl@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3100 or apply online to become a volunteer.


STEAM Pals - Meadows


Description:

Meadows STEAM Pals (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) is a program intended to promote STEAM knowledge and literacy by providing role models for art and science activities at the Meadows Library. We strive to foster a love for all things STEAM. This program promotes familiarity with the scientific process for children in elementary school in a comfortable and supportive environment. Little STEAM Pals is open for children in grades 2-5. 

If you are in grades 9-12, you can apply to partner up with a Little Pal to serve as a role model for exploring STEAM activities.

Applications are accepted only at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters. Click on the application for details on the exact deadlines.

Time Commitment:

Meadows STEAM Pals meets weekly on Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:45 for 10 weeks beginning Feb. 5, 2020 and ending Apr. 15, 2020. STEAM Pals will not meet during Spring Break. Big Pals are required to attend a 45-minute training on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at the Meadows Branch Library.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Julianne Ingram, ingramj@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3100 or apply online to become a volunteer.


STEAM Pals - Reynolds


Description:

Reynolds STEAM Pals (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) is a program intended to promote STEAM knowledge and literacy by providing role models for art and science activities at the George Reynolds Branch Library. We strive to foster a love for all things STEAM. This program promotes familiarity with the scientific process for children in elementary school in a comfortable and supportive environment. Little STEAM Pals is open for children in grades 2-5. 

If you are in grades 9-12, you can apply to partner up with a Little Pal to serve as a role model for exploring STEAM activities.

Applications are accepted only at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters. Click on the application for details on the exact deadlines.

Time Commitment:

STEAM Pal sessions are on Friday afternoons from 4:15 - 5:45pm. STEAM Pals are expected to attend every scheduled session. A mandatory training will be held at 4 p.m. on the first session Feb. 7 before meeting your Little Pals.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Linda Cumming, cummingl@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3100 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Teen Advisory Board - Boulder


Description:

Boulder Teen Advisory Board (B-TAB) is a group of local teens that meet on the third Wednesday of every month from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Boulder Public Library Main location. Members will share ideas and opinions, brainstorm, and help plan events designed for their age group. This group will also learn about upcoming events, provide feedback, and learn of other volunteer opportunities at the library in a laid back, welcoming environment. B-TAB is a great way to earn community service hours, become active in your community, and meet other teens. 

If you are in grades 6-12, you can be a Boulder Teen Advisory Board member! Applications are accepted throughout the school year. B-TAB does not meet during June or July. 

Ready to get involved?

Contact Leanne Slater, SlaterL@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3100 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Teen Advisory Board - Meadows


Description:

Meadows Teen Advisory Board (M-TAB) is a group of local teens that meet on the third Friday of every month from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Meadows Branch Library. Members will share ideas and opinions, brainstorm, and help plan events designed for their age group. This group will also learn about upcoming events, provide feedback, and learn of other volunteer opportunities at the library in a laid back, welcoming environment. M-TAB is a great way to earn community service hours, become active in your community, and meet other teens. 

If you are in grades 6-12, you can be a Meadows Teen Advisory Board member! Applications are accepted throughout the school year. M-TAB does not meet during June or July. 

Ready to get involved?

Contact Julianne Ingram, ingramj@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3100 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Teen Advisory Board - Reynolds


Description:

Reynolds Teen Advisory Board (R-TAB) is a group of local teens that meet on the third Thursday of every month from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Branch Library. Members will share ideas and opinions, brainstorm, and help plan events designed for their age group. This group will also learn about upcoming events, provide feedback, and learn of other volunteer opportunities at the library in a laid back, welcoming environment. R-TAB is a great way to earn community service hours, become active in your community, and meet other teens. 

If you are in grades 6-12, you can be a Reynolds Teen Advisory Board member! Applications are accepted throughout the school year. R-TAB does not meet during June or July. 

Ready to get involved?

Contact Julianne Ingram, ingramj@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3100 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Youth Maker Hangout Volunteer


Description:

Support kids ages 7 to 14 years old learning how to code in Scratch, Bitsbox, Cubelets, CAD modeling, Python, and/or BiBli robots. Boulder Public Library's Youth Maker Hangout allows kids to explore and learn at their own pace. Volunteers help get kids set up with computer and programs, answer questions, ask questions to have kids demonstrate their work, and encourage coding skill development with positive support. Skills desired include:  tech savvy, have coding experience, are excited to support kids in learning coding, and flexible (these are learner-driven sessions), this may be the volunteer opportunity for you!

Time Commitment:

Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm (ideally starting at 3:30 pm to help with set up) at the Main Library from September through May, following BVSD schedule for breaks.  Minimum commitment of 90 minutes per month for 4 months.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Kathy Lane, lanek@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3196 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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