The Watertown Free Public Library Volunteer Program provides public service opportunities to members of our community. Volunteers provide valuable assistance on projects that may be otherwise neglected because of budgetary limitations. Volunteers generally provide support services to paid staff; work on special projects; or assist with the Library Building Committee Book Store. We will do our best to match applicants with a volunteer position. However, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be selected to volunteer at the library.
To apply for a volunteer position, please read our volunteer policy and fill out the volunteer application. Alternatively, print out a paper application, fill it out, and return it to the library. Volunteers age 18 and under will need to fill out a permission form.
Current Volunteering Opportunities
- Armenian Collection
- Book Preparation
- Book Store
- Data Entry / Collection
- Movie Mondays
- Shelf Reading
Armenian Language Collection Development
We need someone with native fluency in Armenian to help us develop our Armenian language book collection. If you love literature, you can help our buyers select materials to add to the collection, fill out cataloging forms with pertinent information about the books, and possibly do the data entry required to get these books represented in our catalog. We are also looking for someone who can help us review and revise an Armenian Driver's Manual.
Requirements: Fluency in Armenian, interest in books/literature.
Bonus: Basic data entry (computer) skills, knowledge of Armenian authors and literature.
We are currently converting all library materials to a new circulation system to improve the check-out process. Every item in our collection needs to be tagged. We are looking for volunteers to help this process move along smoothly. You’ll enjoy this project if you like accuracy, pay close attention to detail, and like organizing. To do this project you need to be comfortable using computers and be comfortable standing for an hour at a time. You also need to be able to concentrate on a repetitive project for 1 straight hour. We’d like to work with someone who can come in twice a week for a one hour shift
The Library Building Committee sells used books in the Red Leaf Cafe. We need volunteers to sit in the cafe and collect money from book sales after the Red Leaf Cafe's hours of operation. Hours are generally from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. with some flexibility. We are currently seeking someone for Monday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 pm and Friday from 5 - 7 p.m. The book store volunteer must be able to count money, give change, and sit for 2-3 hours.
Data Entry / Collection Maintenance
To keep the library collections a volunteer is needed for some basic clerical data entry tasks. Data entry projects may include changing "new" items to items in the regular collection, marking "in-house use" items, withdrawing discarded materials as determined by librarians, mending materials, and other projects as needed.
Volunteers working on this project must understand and be capable of locating items by alphabetical order or Dewey Decimal Number, must have basic computer skills and feel comfortable learning new computer software, must be able to look and read a computer screen for 1-2 hours and must be able to peel stickers off books.
We are constantly working on digitizing materials for our online Local History Collection and need people to help with the effort. Digitizing materials includes scanning documents with our book scanner and document scanners and preparing them for our website. To do this project you should be comfortable using scanning equipment and basic editing software.
Every Monday the library screens a movie. We need volunteers to help run the program. This volunteer position may include popping popcorn, assisting with volume control or troubleshooting AV problems, and monitoring the movie. Time commitment is one Monday a month from 5 until the movie is over.
Shelf reading consists of scanning shelved items to make sure they are in the correct order in the Adult, Teen, and Children's departments. This task requires attention to detail, ability to put items in alphabetical order, understanding of the Dewey Decimal System, ability to read spine labels on books, and the ability to bend and lift. In order to volunteer as a shelf reader, the applicant must be able to successfully put a cart of books in alphabetical and Dewey Decimal order. Minimum 2 hours a week.
Shelving materials consists of putting returned library materials on the shelves in any of the library departments. This task requires attention to detail, ability to put items in alphabetical order, understanding of the Dewey Decimal System, ability to read spine labels on books, and the ability to bend and lift. In order to volunteer as a shelver, the applicant must be able to successfully put a cart of books in alphabetical and Dewey Decimal order. Minimum two hours a week.