Current Volunteer Opportunities

Share library news through newsletters, monthly online updates or facebook posts. Publicize special events as needed through local newspapers and listservs.

Coordinate efforts for specific fundraising efforts in collaboration with library staff and community partners

Sidewalk Book Sales
Greet neighbors, browse donated titles and enjoy getting books back into the hands of readers during sidewalk book sales every fair-weather Friday from May-October, 12:30-2:30pm. Partnered shifts are 12-3pm allowing time to set up book carts outside and bring them back in after the sale. Hardcovers are $2, paperbacks are $1, children's books are half-price.

Sort Donated Books
We could not have gently-used book sales without sorting the books onto shelves in our book closet. With the constant change in inventory, sorting readies books for service again on book carts and lobby shelves.

Restocking Lobby Bookshelves
Books are sold on two book shelves in the library lobby on the honor system ($1 hardcovers, 50ยข softcovers). Volunteers fill gaps on the shelves weekly with books from the book closet year-round. It's a win for patrons, literacy and the Friends!

Board Membership
Board members are crucial to ensuring that our efforts match our goals and creating structures to support the Friends' mission independent of who is on the Board or library staff. We are looking for three new board members. Join us as we start this process afresh with a new strategic plan!

We occasionally provide crackers, fruit, cheese and/or vegetable trays for special performances, and assemble over 100 treat bags for annual events such as Halloween and Spring Egg Hunt celebrations. So, if you love playing fruit ninja or assembling goodies for excited children, join the fun!

Meeting with Regional Friends Groups Representatives
As the library divides into nine regional clusters, Friends' groups are also collaborating to share resources and information that might better serve our Southwest community. Represent the WSW Library Friends in this new partnership with the Friends of Cobbs Creek, Kingsessing, Eastwick, Paschalville and Durham.

Coaching Chess Club
One of the most popular programs over the last 20 years, the library chess club has taught many neighborhood children not only how to play but also to foresee consequences and strategize accordingly, an excellent life skill. If you play well, enjoy teaching and are available on Wednesdays, 5:15-7:15pm, please join the team of coaches influencing young minds for the better!

Advocacy Requests
Library staff are largely City employees who may not advocate for Library needs before City Council. The Library must rely on supporters to advocate on its behalf for City and State funding. Let us know if you can attend City Council hearings as needed, circulate petitions, write letters to the editor and/or contact local representatives for support.

Library Events
Monitor chess classes; help prepare for annual events such as chess tournament, back-to-school, Halloween, spring egg hunt, lunar new year, and summer reading.

Liaison Between the Library and Community Organizations
Already invested in the community? Give us feedback on resources needed and explore how your community efforts might benefit from partnering with the library and its Friends.

Garden Maintenance
Planting, weeding, tidying, watering; keep the library's three garden beds healthy and appealing.

As Needed
When help is needed for a special event or task, we will see if you are available!

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