VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE LIBRARY

The Arcadia Public Library relies on its volunteers to help out in many areas of the Library.  For those who wish to apply, the Library's Volunteer Programs offers opportunities to satisfy Community Service requirements or to satisfy the desire to serve the community.

We have a variety of volunteer positions for a  variety of ages and skills.  For most volunteer positions the Library requests that volunteers commit to volunteer a minimum of two hours per week for at least six months. You need to be 13 years of age or older. The Library is unable to accommodate court appointed community service hours.  In addition, all applicants are asked to complete a Livescan/background check which the Library will arrange for you at no cost to you.

Printed applications are also available at each of the public service desks at the Library. Applications may be turned in at any of the public service desks.

Volunteer Application Form

Below are some possible volunteer opportunities with links to a detailed description of each of the positions.

NOTE: To be a Teen Volunteer for the Summer Reading Program, there is a separate application process in early Spring of each year. Please check with the Children’s Services Department for more details.


Volunteer Positions Available at the Arcadia Public Library

Assisting Staff with Clerical Tasks and Special Projects

  • Where:  Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia
  • Dates and Times:  Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Commitment: A minimum of 6 months; a minimum of 2 hours every week.
  • Ideal for: Students or Adults with an eye for detail
  • Minimum age: 18 years of age or older
  • Description:  Sample tasks include repair of library materials and packaging, discards, search for missing items, pull books for ILL and process and package for mailing.
  • Skills: Reliable, punctual, able to listen and follow directions, able to work independently and patiently doing routine, repetitive tasks, and have strong attention to detail.
  • Questions/Contact:  Please contact Margaret

Study Room Monitor

  • Where: Arcadia Public Library, 20 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia - Adult Reference Desk 
  • Dates and Times: Throughout the year. Monday–Fridays, afternoons and evenings; 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday. 
  • Commitment: At least a year; one 2 to 3 hour shift per week.
  • Ideal for: High school students.
  • Minimum age: 15 years of age or older..
  • Description: The study room monitor oversees signing patrons in and out of the Library’s 3 study rooms.
  • Skills: The study room monitor must be reliable, responsible, polite, able and willing to take direction, enjoys working with the public, and has a strong aptitude for detail.  The position involves long stretches of down time, so it is ideal for students who have a heavy homework load.  However, student volunteers must remain at the study room monitor desk.  Any homework involving research in the book stacks must be done before or after the work shift.
  • Questions/Contact:  Please contact Debbie at 626-294-4901 or by email.

Computer Volunteer

  • Where:  Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia; Tech Center and Children’s Room
  • Dates and Times: Varies between regular school year and summer months. Regular school year: Monday-Friday 3 pm to closing, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Summer months: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to closing
  • Commitment: minimum 2 hours every week for one semester.
  • Ideal for: Anyone who is comfortable talking with people--including seniors, teens, and children--and able to provide basic public computer or printing assistance.
  • Minimum age: 13 years of age or older.
  • Description: The public computer stations to be monitored are in two areas: Tech Center and the Children’s Room.  Computer Volunteers are expected to assist the Public Computer Aides in variety of computer-related tasks.  Basic tasks include but are not limited to the following:  monitoring public station areas; assist with making reservations when areas are full; assist patrons who have problems with logging in to a station or printing or copying; notify the Public Computer Aide if a station isn't working properly or if a patron needs special assistance.
  • Skills: Computer Volunteers are reliable, punctual, friendly, and enthusiastic. They enjoy interacting with the public and have good people skills, basic familiarity with using computers is helpful.
  • Questions/Contact: Please contact Peter.

Straightening Books

  • Where:  Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia
  • Dates and Times: Varies between regular school year and summer months.  Regular school year: Monday-Friday 3 p.m. to closing; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Summer months: Monday-Friday 1 p.m. to closing; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Commitment: A minimum of 6 months; a minimum of 2 hours every week.
  • Ideal for: Anyone who appreciates books and neatness
  • Minimum age: 13 years of age or older.
  • Description:  Close study of books and materials on shelves for correct placement, arrange in tidy order, take damaged materials to Circulation
  • Skills:  Attention to detail, familiarity of English alphabet, work independently
  • Questions/Contact:  Please contact Denise.

Circulation (Front Desk) Volunteer

  • Where:  Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia - Circulation Desk 
  • Dates and Times: Monday-Saturday; September to June: Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Commitment: Shifts are usually once a week, two-hours long; however this may vary, especially in the summer.
  • Ideal for: Anyone who enjoys working at a high pace and interacting with all types of people and technology.
  • Minimum age: 13 years of age or older
  • Description: A circulation volunteer’s main responsibilities involve teaching and assisting library patrons when using the self checkout machine. Other responsibilities involve answering general questions, assisting within the Circulation Department and performing general office work.
  • Skills: Circulation volunteers must be comfortable interacting with technology and approaching people who need assistance. They must also be reliable, patient, punctual and friendly.
  • Questions/Contact:  Please contact Stephanie at (626)-821-4330.

Volunteer Greeter

  • Where:  Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia
  • Dates and Times: Varies
  • Commitment: A minimum of 6 months; a minimum of 2 hours every week.
  • Ideal for: Students or Adults that enjoy interacting with the public
  • Minimum age: 16 years of age or older
  • Description:  Welcome patrons as they enter the Library and assist with directional questions as needed.
  • Skills: Enjoy working with the public, excellent communications skills.
  • Questions/Contact:  Please contact Darlene.

Computer Tutor (must be 18 years of age or older)

  • Where:  Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia
  • Dates and Times: Any time during open hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday or Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Commitment: A minimum of 6 months; a minimum of 2 hours every week.
  • Ideal for: Adults who are comfortable with computers and who enjoy teaching and interacting with adult learners.
  • Minimum age: 18 years of age or older.
  • Description: Computer tutors work with patrons one-on-one teaching such topics as basic computer and Internet skills, introduction to smartphone and tablet technology, and various Microsoft Office products.    Instruction is done on a dedicated PC, but patrons occasionally bring in their own devices. The tutoring station is located in Study Room 1.  When not tutoring, may be asked to assist patrons on public computer stations in the Tech Center with a variety of basic computer-related tasks. 
  • Skills: High proficiency with computers, tablets, smartphones, and peripherals, as well as Microsoft Office products, Internet, social media, applications, and email.  Tutors are reliable, punctual, friendly, and enthusiastic. They enjoy interacting with the public, have good people skills, and are comfortable working with seniors and adults.
  • Questions/Contact:  Please contact Danielle.

Delivering Books to the Home-bound Volunteer (must be 21 years of age or older)

  • Where: Varies
  • Dates and Times: Varies
  • Commitment: Varies, usually one visit to the patron’s home every three weeks; 2 hours per week.
  • Ideal for: Adults who enjoy visiting, talking and spending a little time with home-bound, usually elderly patrons.
  • Minimum age: 21 years of age or older. Fingerprinting is required.
  • Description: Home-bound volunteers are responsible for choosing materials for home-bound patrons, depending on their personal wants and needs. Said materials will then be delivered to the home-bound patron and eventually returned to the library, by the volunteer. Transportation is required. There is no stipend for gas.
  • Skills: Home-bound volunteers must be reliable, patient, punctual and friendly.
  • Questions/Contact: Please contact Stephanie at (626)-821-4330.

Event Assistant

  • Where: Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia - Auditorium
  • Dates and Times: Dates and times vary throughout the year
  • Commitment: We ask that you commit to at least two events. Approximately 2.5 hours per event
  • Ideal for: Music lovers, students and adults 
  • Minimum age: 15 years of age or older
  • Description: Assist with crowd control, set up, and re-stocking of light refreshments the night of the Library’s four Classical Kaleidoscope Concerts. Assist with author visits and other special events throughout the year. 
  • Skills: Events Assistants have good planning skills and are reliable, punctual, friendly, enthusiastic and creative. You work independently but also quite a bit with people, especially with the public. You have the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life. To assist with these events, it is preferable if you are able to lift, bend, squat, and push.
  • Questions/Contact: Please contact Darlene.

Teen Zone Assistant

  • Where: Arcadia Public Library  20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia- Auditorium
  • Dates and Times: Every Tuesday afternoon, during the school year, except winter and spring break; 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Commitment: Weekly, every Tuesday afternoon, throughout the school year; 2.5 hours per week.
  • Ideal for: Anyone who enjoys high school students, tolerates a noisy environment, and is comfortable talking with teens and enforcing rules of behavior.
  • Minimum age: 18 years of age or older preferred, but responsible high school students will be given consideration for this position.
  • Description: The Teen Zone is held every Tuesday afternoon during the school year. It is a place where high school students can hang out, eat, drink, chat and do homework. This position would be monitoring the Teen Zone program, making sure that students are abiding by the rules.
  • Skills: Teen Zone Assistants are reliable, punctual, friendly, enthusiastic and patient. They enjoy interacting with teens, working independently, and can bring something in to work on during the quieter times.  Essentially, overseeing the room is all that is needed.
  • Questions/Contact:  Please contact Debbie at 626-294-4901 or by email.

Children's Room Barks and Books Assistant

  • Where: Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia - Children's Room
  • Dates and Times: First and Third Saturday of each month; 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Commitment: The first and/or third Saturday of the month; 1.25 hours per event
  • Ideal for: Anyone who loves animals and children
  • Minimum age: 13 years of age or older.
  • Description: Assist with the Barks and Books program by setting up books and coloring pages, coordinating program sign-ups, maintaining order and crowd control, and recording the number of people in attendance.
  • Skills: Friendly, reliable, enthusiastic and comfortable working with adults, children, and dogs. Attention to detail and comfortable speaking up to maintain order is important. To assist with these events, it is preferable if you are able to lift, bend, and squat.
  • Questions/Contact: Please contact Michele at 626-821-4379 or by email.

Children's Room General Volunteer

  • Where:  Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia - Children's Room 
  • Dates and Times: Any time during operating hours - Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday or Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Commitment: A minimum of 2 hours per volunteer shift / minimum of 6 months.
  • Ideal for: High School students who enjoy working with children or who can work patiently doing routine, repetitive tasks.
  • Minimum age: 13 years of age or older.
  • Description:  Assist Children's Room staff by: preparing crafts and materials for storytimes and other activities; helping with programs and special projects as needed; shelving and cleaning books; photocopying; and performing data entry.
  • Skills:  Friendly, dependable, and comfortable interacting with younger children.
  • Questions/Contact: Please contact Michele at 626-821-4379 or by email.

English Conversation Class Tutor (must be 18 years of age or older)

English Conversation Class Leader

English Conversation Class Coordinator

  • Where:  Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia
  • Dates and Times:  Monday 10 a.m. - Noon
  • Commitment:
  • Ideal for: Adults proficient in English speaking and reading
  • Minimum age: 18 years of age or older
  • Description:  Tutoring with Chinese language adults in english conversation skills
  • Skills:  They must also be reliable, patient, punctual and friendly, familiarity with Chinese
  • Questions/Contact:  Please contact Darlene.

Foreign Film Assistant

  • Where:  Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia - Auditorium
  • Dates and Times: Second Wednesday of every month, except August, from 5 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. or when movie ends (sometimes earlier)
  • Commitment:  We ask that you commit to at least two foreign film events, but would prefer your attendance at most or all if possible; 3.5 hours per event.
  • Ideal for: Adults who are film buffs and love foreign films.
  • Minimum age: 18 years of age or older
  • Description: Set up room, put out water and dessert, assist with crowd control before and during the movie, assist patrons during the movie with lighting to enter or exit the room. Start and end the movie. Tally number of participants. Clean up afterwards.
  • Skills: A Foreign Film assistant is reliable, punctual, friendly and welcoming. You work independently but also interact with the public as an ambassador of the Library. You hand out fliers, welcome patrons, make sure attendees are over 17 years of age, and assist throughout the movie with patrons entering or exiting the room. Foreign Films tend to be rated R and can be racy, edgy, thought-provoking, violent, explicit language, and more. The ideal volunteer would need to be tolerant to the wide variety of films shown, all with public performance rights and award nominees or winners. To assist with these events, it is preferable if you are able to lift, bend, squat, and push.
  • Questions/Contact:  Please contact Darlene.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) High School Students Only

  • Where:  Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia
  • Dates and Times:  Meetings once a month after school, and programs once or twice a month.
  • Commitment: At least one school year.
  • Ideal for: High school students who love the Library
  • Minimum age: Open to students in grades 9 through 12 only.
  • Description:  TAG members assist the Young Adult Services Librarian in planning and executing teen programs, such as the monthly movie matinees, ice cream socials, and holiday events.
  • Skills: A willingness to help and a positive, friendly attitude.
  • Questions/Contact:  Please contact Debbie at 626-294-4901 or by email.

Middle School Advisory Group (MAG) Middle School Students Only

  • Where:  Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia -- Children's Room
  • Dates and Times:  Meetings once a month after school for one hour.
  • Commitment:  At least one school year.
  • Ideal for: Middle school students who love the Library and enjoy helping others.
  • Minimum age: Open to students in grades 6, 7 and 8 only.
  • Description:  MAG members advise the Children's Services Librarian in planning programs and other activities for middle school students.
  • Skills: Must be dependable, friendly, and able to work well as part of a group. Creativity and effective communication skills are also highly valued.
  • Questions/Contact:  Please contact Michele at 626-821-4379 or by email.

Children's Room -- Teen Summer Reading Program Volunteer

  • NOTE:  A separate application, available in March, is required.
  • Where:  Arcadia Public Library 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia - Children's Room
  • Dates and Times:  Summer months: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday or Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Commitment:  A minimum of one 2-hours shift per week for six weeks during June and July.
  • Ideal for: High School students who enjoy working with children or who can work patiently doing routine, repetitive tasks.
  • Minimum age: At least 13 years of ate by June 1.
  • Description:  Hand out prizes, clean and organize books, prepare crafts, and help with programs such as storytimes and craft activities. Extensive interaction with the public in a busy, energetic environment.
  • Skills: Must be dependable, friendly, comfortable interacting with both children and adults, and have strong attention to detail; ability to listen and to follow directions, alphabetize, and use a computer are also important.
  • Questions/Contact:  Please contact Michele at 626-821-4379 or by email.

 

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