If you are passionate about the library and enjoy public speaking, then becoming a Library Ambassador might be the perfect fit for you. Friendly volunteers are needed help with staff information tables and community presentations. Flexibility to be called upon for engagements and a minimum time commit of 10 service hours annually required. Volunteers interested in the Ambassador program will be asked to tell us why you think you''d be a great Ambassador, complete a volunteer interview, and participate in training. For a more detailed Ambassador position description and to schedule a volunteer interview, please click on "Sign-up to Volunteer".
Minimum age: 18
Opp Available Positions: 10
On the second Thursday of every month from Noon-1:30PM, the Johnson County Library Board meeting at Central Resource Library. We are looking for two reliable volunteers to commit to serving each month to help set-up the room. Responsibilities include:
Opp Available Positions: 2
Volunteers read or listen to a book and write a review on JCL's website. Tips for reviewing a book:- Your job is to be an ambassador to our collection for other patrons who likely are just browsing and are looking for guidance.- Keep your review under three lines long. Your reviews should be short and to the point. - Don't summarize the plot. A little description is ok to give the reader context, though.- Show us your unique perspective on the item! Tell us why you liked or did not like the book. - Include genre and appeal factors. Reviews must be for books read in the last 60 days. For each book reviewed, you may log 2 hours of service (One hour for reading/listening the book and one hour for reviewing it.)Please note - reviews are also welcome on DVDs, games, and CDs in the library collection.Please note this opportunity is for adult only. If you need service hours confirmed for junior high or high school services hours, please sign-up for our Teen Book Reviewer opportunity.
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Conversation Partners are volunteers who are interested in helping people whose first language isn't English practice speaking in English. Two volunteers with strong English skills will be matched with 1-3 students who need a little help practicing enunciation. The groups will meet once a week in the library for an hour during the fall semester to practice English. Sessions will begin middle of September as ELL classes return and volunteers will be able to pick when they are available to meet with students. A ongoing commitment through mid-December is required to serve in this role.
Opp Available Positions: 1
Do you love working with kids? Do you enjoy the creative tasks of building Gingerbread houses? Two reliable volunteers are need to help with set-up, assiting 20 children and their parents in making cottages, and clean-up following the Constructing Gingerbread Cottages session at our Leawood-Poineer Branch.This is position is filled for December 2nd. If you'd like to add your name to the waitlist, please click on the "sign-up to volunteer".
Minimum age: 14
Opp Available Positions: 0
Dependable volunteers are needed to assist with Blue Valley Branch Storytimes Tuesday or Wednesday mornings from 9-11AM during the fall 2023 semester (September 5 to December 13). Responsibilities include handing out tickets for Storytime, tracking attendance, assisting parents in completing digital satisfaction surveys, and cleaning toys. Volunteers with experience providing daycare or teaching children ages 0-6 encouraged to apply. Volunteers interested in this position should select "Sign-up to volunteer" to schedule a volunteer interview. If selected, volunteers will need to complete a background check and program specific training.
Minimum age: 19
Are you passionate about languages? Do you enjoy learning about other cultures? If so, you might be a perfect match to volunteer with our English Language Learners Conversation Classes. Volunteers 18+ are needed to help facilitate in person Beginner or Intermediate English Language Learner conversation classes in September. The purpose is to help people whose first language is not English practice their English conversation skills. The classes will be on Saturday mornings from 9:30-11AM beginning September. The volunteers will shadow ELL Virtual Facilitators this summer on Tuesday nights from to 6:30-7:45PM to prepare. Then, the volunteer will be given a chance to facilitate some classes. The goal is to prepare the volunteer to facilitate a class for 5-8 students in person from September - December 2022. Fluency in English, comfortability with public speaking, and computer skills are required. Volunteers must commit to an entire fall trimester (four months) of classes. Each volunteer facilitator will receive a picture dictionary and headset to use during online classes training.
Opp Available Positions: 3
Volunteers are needed to help facilitate online English Language Learner conversation classes on Zoom. The purpose is to help people whose first language is not English practice their English conversation skills. The online classes will be on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:45PM. Each class will have a volunteer facilitator, a volunteer moderator, and 5-6 class participants.Fluency in English, comfortability with public speaking, and computer skills are required. Volunteers must commit to an entire trimester (four months) of classes. Each volunteer facilitator will receive a picture dictionary and headset to use during online classes.
Friends of Johnson County Library supports library programs and services through the sale of books donated by the community. Volunteers are needed to help accept book donations at the Friends of Johnson County Library Sort Center (8279 Melrose Dr., Overland Park, KS). Volunteers must be able to lift boxes up to 40 lbs. on/off dolly carts, stand for long periods of time, and be comfortable going outside to assist with donation drop offs. Closed toed shoes, masks, and comfortable clothing are strongly encouraged. Volunteers ages 14-17 are welcome but please get your parents permission before registering. Snacks and bottled water will be provided.
Opp Available Positions: 83
In 1956, a dedicated group of community members started Johnson County Library by running libraries out of their homes, schools, and businesses. Today, the Friends Johnson County Library continues to support the Library through volunteer and financial support. We are seeking volunteers to serve on the Membership Committee which recruits new members for the Friends organization, designs membership appreciation efforts and provides opportunities to enhance support to Johnson County Library.If you're social and outgoing, and have an understanding of building membership organizations, we'd love to talk with you! This committee conducts monthly virtual meetings and occasionally has other projects that may require additional time.
Minimum age: 16
Are you an avid reader? Do you dream of shelving books? Detail oriented volunteers who love to organize are needed to help the Friends of Johnson County Library. Volunteers will help us scan donated books using an electric scanner at the Friends Sort Center. Once the books are sent to carts by the scanner, volunteers will unload the carts and places the books in the appropriate area of the warehouse. Volunteers will be trained to understand criteria for where books are placed. Additionally, volunteers will shelve some donated books by genre. Volunteers must be able to stand and move frequently in warehouse environment. They must also be able to bend and lift books up to 20 lbs.Volunteers are asked to commit to one - 3 hour shift per week for a minimum of six months. Shifts are available Monday-Friday from either 9AM-Noon or Noon-3PM.A volunteer interview and training are required.
Opp Available Positions: 8
The Friends of Johnson County Library host Book Sales in their Sorting Center every Saturday. Volunteers are needed to help with cashiering, counting books, and greeting customers.
Opp Available Positions: 22
Are you tech savvy? Are you patient and able to teach others? If so, you might be the perfect volunteer to help with the Johnson County Genealogical Society's new Memory Lab.The Memory Lab is equipment that helps community members transform their photos, 8mm film, and 35mm slides into digital formats. Volunteers will be trained in utilizing the equipment. Then, they will sign-up for a weekly volunteer shift to help scheduled individual users transform their media to a digital format. Volunteers must have basic computer skills. Prior experience using a scanner is helpful. Volunteers must enjoy working with technology and helping people of all ages learn to use the equipment. Patience with people and equipment is critical. Shifts are available weekdays from 9AM-12:30PM or 12:30-4PM, or Tuesday evenings from 4:15-7:45PM.
Minimum age: 15
Volunteers are needed to help 2-5 graders with homework at Central Resource Library on Wednesday nights from 3:30-6:30PM during the fall 2023 semester (September 20 - December 13). Volunteers should enjoy working with children ages 7-11 and want to make the learning process fun. Being patient in helping children with learning disabilities and whose first language is not English is critical. Experience using technology is also important as children may have to access assignments on a digital device. Volunteers with teaching and/or tutoring experience are encouraged to apply. Volunteers interested in this position should select "Sign-up to volunteer" to schedule a volunteer interview. If selected, volunteers will need to complete a background check and program specific training.Please note - shifts listed below are only available to volunteers who have completed the steps to be a Homework Help volunteer.
If you don't see the volunteer position you're looking for, or you aren't sure about where you want to volunteer, you've come to the right place! Sign up here and you will be contacted to learn more about volunteering in the library!
Are you looking to volunteer with the library but do not have the time to commit to a regular volunteer shift? If so, this might be the perfect opportunity for you. We are looking for people who want to help with a variety of one-time volunteer opportunities. These opportunities may include: preparing mailings, setting-up for events, greeting and ushering programs, or helping with book sales. By joining this group, you will receive emails letting you know about new one-time volunteer opportunities. You will be able register for whichever opportunities interest you. It's that simple.
Volunteers are needed to help with the return of in person game night. Events will be held at Blue Valley, Central Resource, Gardner, and Monticello from 5-8PM once a month. Volunteers are needed to:
Minimum age: 12
Read and review teen books and review them for the Libary's teen website for volunteer credit!Every review published on the website earns the reviewer 2 hours (one for reading the book, one for writing the review). Instructions and training will be given to all reviewers, no previous experience necessary. For volunteers age 12, please contact Heather directly for more information.Please note this opportunity is for junior high and high school students. If you are in college, please sign-up for Book Reviewer - Adult Volunteer instead.
Homework Help mentors are high-achieving teens who will provide support to young students seeking homework assistance. Teen volunteers will help 2nd through 5th graders with homework at Central Resource Library on Wednesday nights from 3:30-6:30PM during the fall 2023 semester (September 20 - December 13). Volunteers should enjoy working with children and want to make the learning process fun. Experience using technology is also important as children may have to access assignments on a digital device. Volunteers interested in this position should select "Sign-up to volunteer" to receive a full volunteer application.Please note - shifts listed below are only available to volunteers who have completed the steps to be a Homework Help volunteer.
Homework Help mentors are high-achieving teens who will provide support to young students seeking homework assistance. Teen volunteers will help 2nd through 5th graders with homework at Central Resource Library on Wednesday and/or Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5PM during the spring 2024 semester (January 17 - April 25). Volunteers should expect to commit to a minimum of six volunteer shifts during this time. Volunteers should enjoy working with children and want to make the learning process fun. Experience using technology is also important as children may have to access assignments on a digital device. Volunteers interested in this position should select "Sign-up to volunteer" to schedule an interview.
Opp Available Positions: 5
Teens are invited to join the Young Adult Literary Council to share favorite books and participate in fun activities. You can meet new people and receive volunteer credit hours for your time with us.For a schedule of events check out our calendar.
Teens are invited to join the Young Adult Literary Council to share favorite books, pick up advanced reader copies of teen books to read and review, and participate in other fun activities such as author visits, game days, event planning and more. Meet new people and receive volunteer credit hours for your time with us.This program will be hosted in-person in Lenexa's large meeting room.
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