We have an active volunteer program at Ottawa Library.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Jean at jean.woods@ottawalibrary.org.  She is organizing our volunteers and using their talents to benefit the library.

Below are some examples of opportunities that may available for volunteers

Book Discussion Leader

Volunteer consults with staff to choose materials to read. She or he arranges for copies of the books for discussion, and leads the group in the discussion. Leadership of the group may rotate among the members and total volunteer hours involve all facets of the process from arranging for the books to doing the evaluation of the session.

Book Reviewer

Volunteer reads a library book of his or her choice, completes a book mark size review form and leaves the review in the book for others to read and enjoy. The time spent reading the book as well as the time writing the review is credited to the volunteer.

Bookstore Cashier

Assist in day-to-day operations of the Friends of the Library used bookstore. Duties include: assisting patrons in finding items, operating cash register and credit card machine, stocking shelves and maintaining bookstore in a neat and orderly fashion. Individual must possess good customer service skills. 

Clerical Support

Volunteer aids staff by collating and stapling materials, cutting out library articles from newspapers for use in the library, and assisting with materials preparation for programs. Time spent in the library varies greatly.

Early Literacy Volunteer

Assist with story time duties and serve as an ambassador in our Early Literacy Space sharing the six skills every child needs by age six. Other duties include monitoring supplies, explaining the activities available, and modeling important literacy promoting activities.

English Conversation Group Leader

Volunteer meets with a group of six to twelve immigrant adults to develop their English conversation skills. Groups usually meet for one and a half hours each week for three or four months at a time.

Homebound Volunteer

Volunteer visits life care center residents and brings items from the Library. The Library staff provides training and support to the volunteer. Time donated varies.

Home Borrowers Service

Volunteer brings materials from the Library to a person who cannot leave his or her home due to illness, disability, or lack of transportation. A match is made between the volunteer and the receiver of the service based on geographic considerations and common interests. This service, on average, requires an hour two or three times a month.

Reading Buddies

Teen volunteers are matched with younger children. They take turns reading to each other at the Library for short periods of time. This program is primarily active during the summer months.

Sorting Volunteer

Assist in the process of sorting books for quality, condition, and popularity by genre. All books are resold by the Friends of the Library in a book sale, the bookstore, or internet sales with proceeds going back to benefit the library. This is a dream job for book lovers!