Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer

As a library volunteer you can make the difference between a great library and a REALLY great library! With your support, our libraries will be successful in meeting--and surpassing-- the needs of its customers. Individuals, organizations, and civic groups are encouraged to be a part of Live Oak Public Libraries.

If you would like to volunteer at Live Oak Public Libraries, please call 652-3607, 652-3612 or 652-3661.

Please fill out our Volunteer Services Application. Thanks!

Opportunities for volunteering include:

Book Store Volunteers – The Used Book Store at the Bull Street Branch is under renovation and expecting to re-open next month. We are currently seeking volunteer to staff the book store. Responsibilities will include stocking, sharing information with customers as well as cashier duties. We ask that you be able to give a 6 month commitment as training is involved.


Children’s Programming Assistant: Volunteer will assist library staff with a variety of children’s programming activities during weekday mornings & afterschool, on Saturdays, and all day during the summer. Assist with programs and area set up, materials preparation, display set ups and maintenance, clean up and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years of age and preferably two years of high school education.

Knowledge: Basic understanding of the Dewey Decimal System. Ability to understand and follow directions. Accuracy, patience, and an interest in working with children. Physical stamina relating to standing and bending. Pleasant personality, ability to communicate in a tactful, courteous, and pleasant manner with Library staff, children and customers. Neat appearance.

Training: On the job training provided. To be trained requires a 2 month commitment.


Reference Assistant: Volunteers will assist in the pulling of materials from various reports. This will require the ability to read and identify specific Dewey Decimal numbers, exact titles of materials and matching item bar codes. Assist with creating and maintaining materials displays. Assist with upkeep of computer peripherals and printers, including assisting with paper jams.

Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years of age and preferably two years of high school education.

Knowledge: Basic understanding of the Dewey Decimal System. Ability to understand and follow directions Accuracy, patience, and a tolerance for meticulous work. Physical stamina relating to standing and bending to reach and re-position books on shelves. Pleasant personality, ability to communicate in a tactful, courteous, and pleasant manner with Library staff. Neat appearance.

Training: Trained by staff on site. Because of training intensity, a 6 month commitment is required.

Special Events Assistant: Volunteers will work special events as support for staff and activities will usually involve passing out materials, providing basic information which will be provided by staff, working craft tables which may be a part of an event theme. These activities are generally related to special events such as used book sales, book festival, fund raising events and other outreach events.

Qualifications: Excellent customer services skills and the ability to follow directions as may be provided by library staff. Reliability is a must as failure to report as needed will reflect negatively upon the library.

Volunteer Docent: Volunteers will serve as the customers' first point of contact. They will greet customers with a friendly smile and offer directional assistance. They may also provide assistance with self-serve technology.

Qualifications: Positive disposition, helpful attitude, and a willingness to learn. Reliability is a must. Must be at least 16 years old.

Training: On the job training provided. To be trained requires a 2 month commitment.


Shelving Assistant: Volunteers will assist in ordering book carts for shelving, shifting of materials, removing materials, and gathering materials from various lists.

Qualifications: Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. A minimum of two years of high school is preferred.

Knowledge: Basic understanding of the Dewey Decimal System, must possess excellent alpha-numeric skills, ability to understand and follow directions, accuracy, patience, and a tolerance for meticulous work, good vision, ability to get along well with others and communicate pleasantly and effectively with patrons and library staff, neat appearance, ability to exert 20 pounds of force occasionally and 10 pounds of force frequently. Job requires lifting, pushing and pulling loaded bins, as well as stooping and standing for long periods of time.

Training: On the job training provided. To be trained requires a 2 month commitment.

Custodial Assistant: Volunteers assigned to these tasks may provide services from light cleaning/dusting to picking up trash on the exterior of our buildings. Activities may also include other light custodial or gardening duties as may be needed according to location.
Qualifications: Ability to follow directions and work with minimal supervision. A self-starter with a keen attention to detail is most helpful in this type of role. Must be at least 16 years of age.
Computer Class & Tutoring Assistant: Volunteers will assist in signing up patrons for computer usage. Assist with general questions and usage. Assist staff with computer classes. Clean and wipe down keyboards. Perform other duties as needed.

Qualifications: Minimum of two years of education beyond high school, in either computers or career track program. The ideal candidate would be someone interested in education and literacy.

Knowledge: Ability to understand and follow directions. Accuracy, patience, and a tolerance is a plus. Work quietly and independently. The ability to communicate in a tactful, courteous, and pleasant manner with library staff and patrons. Neat appearance.

Training: On the job training provided. To be trained requires a 6 month commitment.

General Clerical Assistant: Volunteers will be generally assigned in non-public service environments such as business offices, administration, marketing and development and foundation administration. A wide variety of clerical duties could be involved from filing, shredding, data entry, light typing, preparing mailings and other related office duties which may be appropriate for volunteer involvement.

Qualifications: Previous experience working in a clerical environment would be highly desired for these types of assignments. Minimum of a high school degree or equivalent required.


Closings

Islands Library will be closed Monday, September 22, and will reopen Tuesday, October 14, at their new location at 50 Johnny Mercer Blvd. (Whitemarsh Island Rd. & Johnny Mercer Blvd.)

Help us move the Islands Library's books!

Check out as many books as you can from the old branch between now and its closing and return those items to the new branch after it opens. All items checked out at the Islands branch between now and its closing get a special six-week loan period.