Volunteer FAQs!

Why should I volunteer?

Great question! Volunteering benefits you and the library. You gain work experience as well as new skills. You have the opportunity to meet new people from the greater Brunswick community. Keep up with the latest books hitting the shelves. Especially for Brunswick High School Students, you can earn community service hours. And, we LOVE our volunteers. Volunteers provide an invaluable service to the library. Without each volunteer, this place would not be what it is today. To top this all off, we have a lot of fun!

What time commitment can I expect?

Volunteers who commit to a regular schedule volunteer roughly an hour a week for a minimum of six months. This allows both the volunteer and  library to hit their groove! Don’t have six months? We have short term opportunities as well as projects that arise. We respect that everyone has different schedules and we are happy to work with you to find a way to get you involved.

What sort of volunteer opportunities are available?

Volunteers conduct 100% of the re-shelving of materials within the library. A brigade of nearly 50 individuals re-shelve the collection throughout the week. In addition, volunteers aid in the set up and running of the Curtis Friends Book Sale held each summer and the Curtis Friends Children’s Book Sale each fall. Volunteers keep our gardens in top condition throughout the year with regular weeding as well as a Fall Clean Up. Dedicated volunteers deliver books to the home bound through the Curtis Friends Books on Wheels program. In addition, we are always open to your suggestions! Do you have a special skill you could share with the library community? Let us know!

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Curtis Memorial Library accepts volunteers who are 12 years of age and older. Minors require a parent or guardian’s permission to volunteer.

Sounds great! When can I begin?

We love your enthusiasm! There is a standard application process for selecting volunteers for volunteer service. The process reinforces the importance and value of volunteer service and the need to select the best volunteer for the job at hand.

  • Complete the volunteer application form – Prospective volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application available at the Library as well as online. Applicants must possess the qualifications established for the position and must be competent to perform the specified duties. For minor children, the parent or guardian must complete and sign the parental information sheer before the juvenile can participate in the program. Click here to complete the online application!
  • Be interviewed – The Volunteer Coordinator will hold an initial interview with each prospective volunteer to determine whether a match exists between the applicant’s skills and the positions available to volunteers. Applications will be kept on filed for one year.
  • If there is a suitable available position, the volunteer coordinator will discuss the selection with you.
  • Sign forms as needed, including but not limited to: Background Check Agreement, Liability Release, Photo Release Agreement, Parental Permission Form and, Library Volunteer Agreement
  • Training – Each volunteer will receive specific training on how to do their job. Some positions will include on the job mentoring from an experienced volunteer or staff person. Be sure to ask any questions you have. Don’t assume anything! We want you to be successful.

But wait, I have a bunch of friends who want to come along. Do you accept a group of volunteers, such as from my church or school?

YES! With a little advanced notice, we can always put a group of volunteers to work on a short term project. Groups can volunteer for as little as a morning. We might put you to work doing out door clean up, sorting donated books  or, assisting us in moving a collection. We often have projects sitting on the back burner waiting the assistance of a group. Contact volunteer@curtislibrary.com for more information.

Who do I contact with questions?

Jessica Flaherty is our new volunteer coordinator. She joined the library in June, 2014 and hit the ground running. She is passionate about the library and its volunteers. Her enthusiasm for the program is contagious. She is open and warm. Feel free to contact her with any questions you may have about volunteering. She can be reached at 207-725-5242 x237 or volunteer@curtislibrary.com

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