Immediate Volunteer Needs
|BoulderReads Literacy Volunteer
||Weekly commitment after training
||To be determined with partner
||Help adults in the community achieve their literacy goals. Literacy volunteers will be matched one-to-one with adult learners to help them develop their reading and writing skills. Learn how to become a literacy volunteer.
||Wednesdays 4-7 pm; Saturdays 2-5 pm and/or Sewing Rebellion 1st Sunday of every month 2:30-5:30 pm
||The Library’s BLDG 61 is seeking a sewing guru to assist with mending & tailoring questions and help staff create fun beginner projects as well as serve as a guide for patrons new to sewing. You should love engaging with people of all ages, backgrounds, gender expressions, and experience levels. We are an inclusive space that supports hands-on learning for everyone in our community.
Ongoing Opportunities (more listed in the application)
BLDG 61 Tool Catalog Project Volunteer
BLDG 61, Boulder Public Library’s makerspace want to develop a comprehensive catalog of its tools, materials and processes for public access. Volunteers are needed for documentation and database entry for hundreds of hand and power tools ranging from hammers to laser cutters!Skill and experience required: Photo documentation, web search wizard, database entry, typing, and/or general competence with computers. Must be 14+ years old and committed to seeing the project from start to completion; the project to be completed by summer 2018. Available to volunteer during the times: Wednesdays through Fridays between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
BLDG 61 Volunteer Videographer/ Video Documentarian
Do you tell stories through video documentary? BLDG 61 has some stories that need to be told! Qualified volunteers will use their skills to help us share our community’s experiences with the world through video testimonials ranging from one to 10 minutes. Skill and experience required: Audio/Video recording, editing, and post-processing. Portfolio of past projects needed. Must be 18+ years old and be available to collaborate with staff at times during BLDG 61 hours: Tues – Sun 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
BoulderReads Literacy volunteer
Literacy volunteers will be matched one-to-one with adult learners to help them develop their reading and writing skills. Learn more about how to become a literacy volunteer.
Assist with screenings by helping in the projection booth.
Assist with set up, greeting, ushering and take down after the concerts and enjoy the wonderful music. Particular help needed with Midday Concerts two Wednesdays per month and the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:00 am to 2 pm.
Drop-In Tech Coach
Assist adult library patrons to overcome digital challenges and learn basic computer skills. Assess patron needs and then either connect adult patrons with selected resources to learn digital literacy skills or support patrons in solving specific questions that can be addressed within 5-15 minutes. Volunteer 1 to 2 times per month or as an on-call volunteer on Tuesdays 6 to 7 pm and/or Saturdays 10 to 11 am at the Main Library. Must be available for at least 6 months.
Help with events puts by the Boulder Public Library or hosted at the library. Typical yearly festivals include the Bee Boulder Festival, Family Play Festival, SummerFest, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, Computer Science Education Week and so much more. Join us! Many, but not all, of the events involve working with kids and families and are typically held on the weekends.
Gardeners for the Main Library’s Edible Garden – starting in the Spring
Love gardening? Help the community enjoy and benefit from the library’s garden. Plant, maintain and harvest in the library’s own edible garden. May also include giving tours, engage the community, and more!
Help bring enjoy to a someone who can’t visit the library. Volunteer to support 1 to 3 individuals by selecting and delivering books to their home. A valid drivers license and a successful completion of a background check are required.
Homebound book selection
Select and check out wonderful books for our Homebound patrons who reside in retirement or senior homes. Selection done at the Main Boulder Library. Approximately two to three hours per week for at least 4 month.
Oral histories support
Note taking, transcribing and audio editing skills will help ensure we capture fabulous oral histories. Join a great volunteer team that captures up to 100 oral histories per year!
Oral history interviewer
Capture oral history stories with thoughtful preparation, research, and great listening skills.
Social media/marketing helper
Used Bookstore/Donations Volunteer
Do you love books? Roll up your sleeves and dig into sorting books and stocking the library’s Used Bookstore. Regular tasks include: emptying the donations room, sorting donated books into appropriate categories (genre); stocking the Used Bookstore; and cleaning up and organizing the Used Bookstore. Skills and experience required: Love of books and familiarity with a variety of genres. Enjoy organizing books and keeping a bookstore stocked and presentable. Additional skills and experiences desired: organized; able to let go of books; content working on your own; strong communication skills; able to be part of a disperse team; and comfortable working in the basement part of the time. Available at least 1 day per week for 2 hours over a minimum of 4 months.
Volunteer administrative support
Help support the library’s volunteer department and the engagement of volunteers. Aid with the administrative coordination of the volunteer program, outreach to volunteers, assist with volunteer processes, and more. Preferred skills: flexible, quick learner, familiar with Excel, databases, and able to make at least a four-month commitment.
Youth Maker Hangout Volunteers
Be a mentor, encourager, collaborative problem solver during Youth Maker Hangout with kids ages 7-14. Learners decide what software or hardware they wish to use such as Scratch, Bitsbox, Digital Sandbox, Makey Makey, and Sphero. Skills and experience needed: Enthusiasm and interest in working with youth, ages 7-14. Experience in coding of any kind or computational thinking useful, but not critical. Volunteers need to be available on Tuesdays 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The program starts in September and runs through mid-May.
Process to Become a Library Volunteer
- If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please fill out the volunteer application at Volunteer Application and indicate any specific interests.
- Set up an orientation meeting to discuss the opportunities and volunteer procedures. The email sent to you after you apply enables you to schedule this orientation meeting. While we strive to place as many volunteers as possible, we may not be able to place each applicant.
- Teen applications require the signature of a parent or legal guardian prior to the start of service. See teen opportunities at: https://boulderlibrary.org/teen-opportunities/
- Background checks may be performed.
- Court-ordered Community Service Volunteers: Please fill out the volunteer application and make an appointment with your court document and schedule availability in hand. Community Service Volunteers perform primarily two main tasks: tidying the bookshelves and cleaning books. Note, community service volunteers will be utilized on an “as needed” basis.
Our needs are varied, so do not hesitate to ask if you have a special area of interest or special skills to contribute. For more information, contact the Volunteer Services Office at 303-441-3114 or [email protected].
Certified Service Enterprise by Points of Light
We are pleased to announce that the Library volunteer services programs and projects as part of the City of Boulder Volunteer Cooperative have been certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise! A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills throughout their organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. To earn this honor, Volunteer Cooperative staff completed an extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training and consulting, extensive internal planning and change to better integrate volunteers in our day-to-day operations. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, the Library and the Volunteer Cooperative is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers and better meet our mission.