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Baltimore County Public Library welcomes students for

 

completing service learning hours or year-round volunteering

 

or for the

 

Summer Reading Volunteer Program

 

 

Year-round Volunteering or for Service Learning Hours:

 

Baltimore County Public Library branches have provided a variety of challenging and rewarding volunteer opportunities for mature, dependable students.

 

Minimum age for volunteers is 14 years old or in the 8th grade.  Exceptions may be made for people under age 14 who volunteer as part of a group, e.g. scout troops, or as part of the Summer Reading Club.

 

All assignments offer flexible scheduling and a chance to play an important role in providing library services. Volunteers in our branches assist the staff by shelving materials (returning books, CDs and DVDs to the shelves), shelf reading (scanning the shelves and arranging branch materials which may not be in their proper place), answering telephones, shifting the book collection, and assisting with special branch programs. Training in the different tasks depends on the volume of the workload in the branch and the number of hours the student is volunteering.

 

Service Learning Hours:

 

Students should check with their school to be certain that the library is an acceptable choice for fulfilling the required volunteer (service learning) hours.

 

Next contact the branch where you would like to volunteer and ask to speak to the Volunteer Coordinator to find out if they can give you the hours you need. Also review the special instructions for students about volunteering during the Summer Reading Club only.

 

A minimum of 10 hours must be worked during the Summer Reading Club to receive credit for service learning hours. Student volunteers must bring in a Service Learning Hour form, usually available from your school's guidance counselor, at the end of their volunteer service to receive credit. These forms are not available from the library.

 

How to Be a Year-Round Volunteer:

 

Students interested in volunteering should fill out the online Volunteer Application form ( opens in new window) or print it out and take it to any BCPL branch. You may also get a paper application at any BCPL branch. Please consult the map of Baltimore County branches to find the branch nearest you.

 

Keep in mind that the amount of volunteer applications often outpaces the number of volunteer needed. Periodically BCPL branches review the volunteer applications and set up interviews with students. It is the student's responsibility to check with the school to be certain that the library is an acceptable choice for fulfilling his or her volunteer (service learning) hours.

 

If you are selected to volunteer (and you are under the age of 18), you and your parent or guardian must complete a Parental Permission form and a Consent to Medical Treatment form before you may begin volunteering.  BCPL will provide you with these forms if a volunteer position is offered to you.

 

Acceptance of any volunteer is based on each branch’s need at the time and the volunteer’s demonstrated ability to do the work required. The branch does not guarantee there will be work at all times and is under no obligation to accept any volunteer.

 

If you have any questions pertaining to our volunteer program, please feel free to call the branch in which you would like to volunteer and ask for the Volunteer Coordinator.

 

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Interested in Volunteering for the Summer Reading Club?

 

From Monday, April 7, 2014, until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014, our branches will be accepting applications to be a 2014 Summer Reading Club volunteer.

 

DO NOT use the online Volunteer Application form

 

A limited number of Volunteer Packets and application forms will be available and must be picked up in person at the branch at which you would like to volunteer.

 

Note: Since it is closed for renovation until early June, Parkville Branch Summer Reading volunteer application packets can be picked up at the Cockeysville, Loch Raven, Perry Hall, or White Marsh branches and returned to any BCPL branch by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18.

 

Application forms should be returned by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18 to the branch where you want to volunteer. Parkville Branch forms may be returned to any BCPL branch.

 

The branches need outgoing, friendly and professional young adults who are entering grades 7 through 10 in the Fall of 2014.

 

Primary duties:

 

  • Promote the Summer Reading Club by explaining the Club to parents and children and encouraging their registering for the Summer Reading Club

 

  • Assist children with online registration

 

  • Give children the starter package after they have registered

 

  • Award stickers for completed activities for preschool and school age children.

 

  • Award completion prize to preschool and school age children

 

  • Assist children with crafts and maintain the craft table.

 

  • Perform other duties as time permits such as assembling Summer Reading packets, straightening shelves, or putting books out on display

 

Volunteers must

 

  • demonstrate adequate verbal and written communication skills, as well as basic computer skills, in order to help children and parents with the registration process and to clearly explain the program to them

 

  • be able to work at least 5 of the 8 weeks of the Summer Reading Club

 

  • be able to work a minimum of 10 hours during the 8-week Summer Reading Club season with the length of each work session determined by each branch. A minimum of 10 hours must be worked during the Summer Reading Program to receive credit for Service Learning hours. Student volunteers must bring in a Service Learning Hour form, usually available from your school's guidance counselor, at the end of their volunteer service to receive credit. These forms are not available from the library.

 

  • be able to volunteer for consistent dates/times in 1.5 to 2 hour shifts at least once per week based on a branch-assigned work time schedule. Drop-in volunteering is not available.

 

  • attend with a parent/guardian the branch's Summer Reading Club Volunteer Orientation meeting before actually volunteering. Check with your branch for the dates when these required meetings will be held.

 

  • attend the branch's Summer Reading Club Training session before actually volunteering. Check with your branch for the dates when these required meetings will be held.

 

A Summer Reading Club volunteer is expected to

 

  • offer courteous, prompt and efficient service to children of all ages and to their parents

 

  • be dependable

 

  • cooperate with all staff members and the public

 

How to Apply:

 

From Monday, April 7, 2014 until 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 our branches will accept applications for Summer Reading Club volunteers.  Branches can only accept a limited number of volunteers. A branch's Summer Reading Volunteer Program often fills up very quickly.

 

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A limited number of Volunteer Packets and application forms will be available and must be picked up in person at the branch at which you would like to volunteer. The application form must be filled out and returned to the same branch. Special Note for Summer Reading Volunteers for the Parkville Branch. DO NOT use the online Volunteer Application form to apply. The best qualified applicants will be notified of their selection by the branch. Flexibility, experience and enthusiasm are a must!