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Become a Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

I like to work with Kids:

R.E.A.D. Volunteer
Children's Programs and Special Events

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I like to work with Adults:

ESL One-on-One Mentors
Technology Tutors

Ushers Apply Now!
Adult Program Volunteers
ESL Reading Groups
Gardeners (seasonal)   

Working with Kids
R.E.A.D. Volunteer

We are now accepting applications for READ Volunteers for Fall 2017!

Session runs from September to May

R.E.A.D. volunteers help one child (7 to 12 years) to discover the joy and confidence that being a reader brings. For one hour, once each week during the school year, our R.E.A.D. volunteers play board games, try out a new craft or experiment, tell jokes, write stories and read with their young partner.                  

WHO:  Our volunteers enjoy children, share a sense of fun, creativity and good communication skills in English, and are patient and caring.  Volunteers for this role must speak English fluently but many of our R.E.A.D. Volunteers speak a second language.  Retirees, highschool students, young adults, adults and volunteers of all ages make great R.E.A.D. volunteers!        
No teaching experience is necessary and training and resources are provided.              

WHERE:  Beacock BranchCentral Branch, Cherryhill Branch, East London Branch, Jalna Branch, Sherwood Branch, and Westmount Branch

WHEN:  One hour weekly from September - May  (minimum 7 month commitment)

  • We can work around your planned time away for holidays.
  • Afterschool, early evening or Saturdays.
  • You choose the time and day that works best for you.
Children’s Activity Volunteer

Many of our programs and events for children and families rely on volunteers for support. Children’s Activity Volunteers work with staff to welcome participants and show children how to play a game, complete an activity or enjoy a craft during a library program. Volunteers may also help count attendance, take tickets, set up and clean up and prepare materials in advance, depending on the program.

WHO: Our volunteers enjoy children, are enthusiastic, friendly, patient, good at explaining tasks, organized, and like a fun and busy environment     Many of our Children’s Activity Volunteers speak a second language in addition to English. 

WHERE: Many library locations

WHEN: Most activities take place on Saturdays and school holidays some activities take place during the week in the morning or evenings.

  • Most shifts require a one or two hour commitment
  • Depending on the location, weekly opportunities may be available      
Working with Adults
English Conversation Mentor, One-on-One

Sessions Run January- April, May - June, September - December

It takes a lot of practice to feel confident speaking a new language. Our English Conversation Mentors provide support and encouragement to an adult who wants to practice their new English skills in a casual, social situation. The emphasis is on social conversation, not on teaching so our pairs talk about their families, food, London and whatever else they may have in common. Our volunteers find this program hugely rewarding and many new friendships have been made by the participants in this program.
                 
WHO:   Our Adult Volunteers are interested in and accepting of new cultures, are warm and friendly, and have good communication skills. Volunteers for this role must speak English fluently and be over 18.  No teaching experience is necessary. 
          
WHERE: Central Branch, Jalna Branch, Masonville Branch, Sherwood Branch

WHEN: One hour weekly minimum according to your schedule.  You choose the hours and day. 4 month commitment with placements starting in January, May, or September 

Technology Tutor

Many of us have helped a parent or friend to set up an email account, download a file or fill out an online application form. Tech Tutors offer friendly assistance with basic computer tasks to people using our public computers.  

WHO:  Retirees, highschool students, young adults, adults and volunteers of all ages make great Tech Tutors.  Our volunteers are very friendly, confident, patient and good at explaining simple tasks to adults.  Many of our Tech Tutors speak a second language in addition to English. Tech Tutors do not need to be experts, but should be very comfortable using a computer, email, social media and working online.  Experience with “Gadgets” such as tablets and ereaders is a benefit.

WHERE:  Beacock Branch, Carson Branch, Central Branch, Cherryhill Branch, East London, Jalna, Masonville Branch, Westmount Branch

WHEN: Two hour weekly shift daytime, evenings or Saturdays.   

  • We have a great need for weekday, daytime volunteers
  • We ask that volunteers can commit to a 4 month schedule.   
Ushers at Central Library, Wolf Hall Auditorium

Wolf Performance Hall at the Central Library regularly hosts films, concerts, lectures and community events. Volunteer Ushers get to enjoy these presentations while also helping people to and from their seats, ensuring safety guidelines are followed, greeting visitors, handing out programs and remaining in the Hall during a performance. Training is provided.   

WHO:  Our volunteers are friendly, organized and confident and are comfortable helping people up and down stairs and standing for periods of time.    Many of our Volunteer Ushers speak a second language in addition to English. Retirees, highschool students, young adults, adults and volunteers of all ages make great Volunteer Ushers.            

WHERE:  Central Branch downtown.

WHEN:  Most performances take place on weekday evenings from 6 to 9pm. You may sign up for as many shifts as you would like, with several shifts available each week.       

 

Adult Program Volunteer

Some of our programs and events for adults rely on volunteers for support.  Adult Program Volunteers work with staff to welcome participants, they have a skills that they can share, and enjoy being social by nature.  Volunteers may also help count attendance, take tickets, set up and clean up and prepare materials in advance, depending on the program.

WHO: Our volunteers enjoy  working with others are enthusiastic, friendly, patient, good at explaining tasks, organized, and like a fun and busy environment. Many of our volunteers speak a second language in addition to English.                
 

WHERE:  Many library locations
 

WHEN:  Most activities take place during the week with Daytime hours.

  • Most shifts require a one or two hour commitment
  • Depending on the location, weekly opportunities may be available      

 

ESL Reading Group Mentor

Sessions ongoing, some branches take a summer break

Volunteers facilitate English language discussion opportunities for participants during ESL Reading Group sessions at a Library location. The group members (group mentor included) take turns reading aloud.  Mentor encourages equal participation from all parties, assists with pronunciation, meanings of words, and engages in conversation about the readings and other emerging topics.

WHO:  Our volunteers are interested in and accepting of new cultures, are warm and friendly, and have good communication skills.  Volunteers for this role must speak English fluently and be comfortable speaking in front of a group. Volunteers for this role must speak English fluently and be over 18.  Experience in leading groups is an asset.  

WHERE: Beacock Branch, Central Branch, Cherryhill Branch, Masonville Branch, Stoney Creek Branch

WHEN: Sessions are usually 1.5- 2 hrs based on location.  Volunteers often have an alternate and work every other week (although schedules can often flex to accommodate life) there is a little prep work but unlikely more than 1/2 hr for your sessions.  4 month commitment, starting in January, May, or September

 

Gardeners

Session runs from May to October

Many of our locations rely on volunteers to care for their gardens. Volunteers regularly water, weed, dig, mulch and prune, according to the needs of the garden.

WHO: Our volunteers work on their own and like to bend, lift and dig in the dirt. Prior home gardening experience is an asset.           

WHERE: Beacock Branch, Byron Branch, Carson Branch, Crouch Branch, East London Branch, Masonville Branch, Westmount Branch, and several other libraries.

WHEN: Flexible schedule base on branch hours, all shifts must occur when Library is open.

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Some of our programs and events for adults rely on volunteers for support.  Adult Program Volunteers work with staff to welcome participants, they have a skills that they can share, and enjoy being social by nature.  Volunteers may also help count attendance, take tickets, set up and clean up and prepare materials in advance, depending on the program.                   

WHO: Our volunteers enjoy  working with others are enthusiastic, friendly, patient, good at explaining tasks, organized, and like a fun and busy environment     Many of our volunteers speak a second language in addition to English                 

WHERE: Beacock, Masonville, Westmoun

WHEN:  Most activities take place during the week with Daytime hours .

Most shifts require a one or two hour commitment

Depending on the location, weekly opportunities may be available