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 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.
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.
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.
Teen Community Service
Are you looking for community service opportunities? Consider doing your hours in the Teen Room. If you are between the ages of 14 and 18 you can help us with shelving and clerical tasks. There is a required commitment of 3 months. You must be able to put things in alphabetical and numerical order, able to neaten and straighten library materials, and able work in a somewhat distracting environment.