Share your skills, talents and gain valuable experience. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old for the following positions. There will be a limited number of volunteer openings for adults until April 2018. Please contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator at email@example.com or 206-386-4664 for information about openings and to request an application.
Provide tutoring and encouragement for English language and adult basic education learners who are developing skills in conversational English, reading comprehension, writing and preparing for the U.S. Naturalization and GED tests. Volunteers tutor learners at the Central Library, the Broadview Branch or the Rainier Beach Branch for at least six months.
Book Group Facilitator
The Library sponsors book discussion groups that meet once a month. Readers enjoy talking about books and their reading experiences. Volunteers prepare discussion questions, facilitate meetings and assist groups with selecting books. A six-month commitment is requested.
Computer Instruction Assistant
Library staff instructors offer computer and tablet classes at the Central Library and branches on weekdays. Volunteers help patrons who have with limited computer experience with learning activities during classes. A six-month commitment is requested.
English Class Assistant
Classes for English language learners are offered at the Central Library and the Beacon Hill, Northgate and South Park branches. Volunteers assist instructors with providing learning activities during classes. Activities are designed to help people develop speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. A six-month commitment is requested.
The Friends of The Seattle Public Library is a nonprofit group that supports fundraising and advocacy on behalf of the Library. The FriendShop at the Central Library sells greeting cards, jewelry, gifts and used books. The shop seeks friendly volunteers who have retail experience. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Throughout the school year, volunteers provide homework coaching and help K-12 students develop literacy and mathematics skills at the Beacon Hill, Broadview, Columbia, Douglass-Truth, Greenwood, High Point, Lake City, NewHolly, Northgate, Rainier Beach and South Park branches. Volunteers tutor students once a week when Seattle's public schools are in session.
The 2018-2019 Homework Help program will begin on Sept. 10, 2018. Prospective volunteers are asked to submit their application during June 1 - July 20. Contact email@example.com to request an application after May 31.
Library Support Volunteer
Assist staff with providing a welcoming environment for patrons at the Library's programs. Provide operational support and help staff with maintaining attractive collections and displays. Volunteers are asked to assist staff for at least three months. The responsibilities of each volunteer will vary, depending on interests, skills and availability.
Spanish Circle Facilitator
The Central Library's Spanish Circle program provides intermediate- and advanced-level Spanish language learners with opportunities to enhance their conversational skills in a social setting. Volunteers who are fluent in Spanish work together to plan and facilitate small group discussions on various topics. A six-month commitment is requested.
Special Event Volunteer
The Central Library hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including author readings, film screenings, cultural programs, the Global Reading Challenge for elementary school students and other events for children. Friendly volunteers welcome patrons, distribute surveys, manage book-signing lines and assist staff with event logistics. A three-month commitment is requested.
Story Time Assistant
Help children's librarians provide a fun environment for young kids at Story Time. Assist with room set up and take down, welcoming families, distributing shakers and singing songs. Most of the Story Time sessions are offered on weekday mornings at Library branches. A four-month commitment is requested.
Visitor Center Volunteer
Volunteer ambassadors welcome people to the Central Library and provide information about classes, events, exhibits and meetings. They also offer tourist information and directions to downtown locations. Successful volunteers have public service and communication skills, familiarity with the library and Seattle, and compassion for people from all walks of life. A six-month commitment is requested.
Young Adult Service Learner
Teen Services librarians offer service learning volunteer opportunities for young adults (ages 18 - 26) at the Central Library and the Capitol Hill and University branches. Young adults who are unemployed, experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, not enrolled in school and/or experiencing other barriers to opportunities are eligible to participate. Contact the Teen Services librarian at your local library for more information.
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