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Volunteer News
UPDATE August 24, 2021:

London Public Library is proud to continue our support of the community through our Volunteer Program. In our response to COVID-19, we have worked hard to adapt some of our volunteer roles/programs to virtual volunteer opportunities. These programs require individuals who are comfortable with using technology, and are fully fluent in English.

Many people are asking, "When can I volunteer in-person?" London Public Library is in the process of evaluating when we can offer in-person volunteer opportunities in a safe and impactful manner. Based on provincial guidelines, volunteer opportunities are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis and we hope that this will be possible starting in January 2022 and more news will come this fall.

Thanks to a huge response from our community, our virtual fall opportunities have now been filled.
We do not have any other postings at this time.

 

Virtual R.E.A.D. Mentors

We hope every child can discover the joy and confidence that being a reader brings. Through emails and video chats our volunteers aim to help struggling and disinterested readers by using literacy-based games, crafts, and fun online reading material.

WHO: Our volunteers love to read, 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. Mentors speak a second language. We're looking for people who are organized, able to work independently, and have basic computer skill are comfortable using technology. High school and university students, adults and volunteers of all ages make great R.E.A.D. volunteers!

WHEN: Training in August/September, sessions will run September - May (minimum 10 - month commitment)

  • 2 hours a week
  • Shifts are virtual ( using email and video calls)
  • You choose the time and day that works best for you

 

Beyond the Books - Virtual One-on-one mentor program

This program being offered by the London Public Library helps Teens in grades 9-12 who need to build a love of reading as well as gain confidence and conversational communication. They are matched with a post secondary student who, through emails and video chats, aims to help their partner with communication skills by chatting and using literacy-based activities.

WHO: Volunteers for this program are doing their post-secondary education (University, or College) and are between the ages of 18-25. Our volunteers love to read, share a sense of fun, can be creative problem solvers, have good communication skills in English, and are patient and caring. Volunteers for this role must speak English fluently but many of our Mentors speak a second language. We're looking for people who are organized, able to work independently, and have basic computer skills and are comfortable using technology.

WHEN: Training in September, sessions will run October - December (minimum 4 - month commitment including training)

  • 2 hours a week
  • Shifts are virtual ( using email and video calls)
  • You choose the time and day that works best for you

 

To learn more about one or both of these programs, register for one of our virtual information sessions on Eventbrite ( see links below). These virtual sessions are hosted using the Zoom platform. You must attend an information session before you are invited to apply.

 

Virtual English Conversation Mentors

It takes a lot of practice to feel confident in 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. Our pairs talk about their families, food, London and whatever else they may have in common. Our volunteers find this program hugely rewarding and easy to do from home. Training is provided, including Zoom training if needed.

WHO: Our Adult Volunteers are interested in and accepting of new cultures, are warm and friendly, and have strong verbal and written communication skills in English. We're looking for people who are organized and are comfortable with using technology.

Volunteers for this role must speak English fluently and be 19 years of age or older. No teaching experience is necessary.

WHEN: Training in August/ September sessions will run September - June.

  • Weekly commitment, 1 hr per week minimum
  • Meetings are virtual using Zoom or other video format ( Basic Zoom training is available)
  • You choose the time and day that works best for you

 

To learn more about these fall programs, register for one of our virtual information sessions on Eventbrite ( see links below). These virtual sessions are hosted using the Zoom platform. You must attend an information session before you are invited to apply.

About Our Volunteer Program

The volunteer program of London Public Library was created to support the value-added services that are vital to our community. Our volunteer program helps strengthen people and neighbourhoods by creating connections that enrich lives, inspire discovery, foster creativity, and expand possibilities.

We work with over 400 volunteers annually. These individuals believe in the value of the Library and want to contribute to their community.

We look for people who are:

  • passionate about continuous learning,
  • embrace working in a diverse and inclusive environment, and
  • who respect and provide excellent customer services.

Throughout the year we may have other opportunities for volunteers at many of our branches. We welcome you to review our volunteer position descriptions and fill out our online application.  

Please note:

  • All applicants who are accepted will be required to have a Police Information Check (PIC) or a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) successfully completed before they start. The cost for this is currently $15.00
  • When submitting a volunteer application, please indicate the top one to three positions that interest you.
  • Not all positions are available at every library location or at every time of the year.
  • Some volunteers assist with more than one volunteer position.
  • It may take up to 3 months for an interview as we interview for highest priority needs first
  • Shelving and organizing books is not a volunteer position at the Library. It is a paid staff position. You can ask at your local library branch for more information about this staff position.
  • The London Public Library will provide accommodation to applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes upon request consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the AODA regulations.

 

When do we recruit for Specific Positions?

Recruitment focuses for February - March:

  • Children's Program Volunteers for March break and Spring (training in March)
  • Tech Tutors (training in March)
  • Toy Cleaning (training as needed)
  • Gardeners (training in April)
  • Teen Advisory Group (training TBA)

Recruitment focuses for April - May:

  • Children's Program Volunteers for Summer (training in May)
  • Tech Tutors (training in May)
  • Toy Cleaning (training as needed)
  • Gardeners (training in April)
  • Teen Advisory Group (training TBA)

Recruitment focuses for June - September:

  • R.E.A.D Mentors (training August - October)
  • E.S.L. One to One Mentors (training August - September)

Recruitment focuses for October - December:

  • Children's Program Volunteers (training in January)
  • Tech Tutors (training in January)
  • Toy Cleaning (training as needed)

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