Volunteer — Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950

Volunteer

Volunteer                             

At any time we may or may not have openings for volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Library, check the descriptions of volunteer positions listed below.

After we receive your application, we will call you to set up an appointment for an interview.  We will contact you within two weeks.  If there are no positions currently open which match your skills or interests, we will also notify you by phone.

If you find a position for which you are qualified, please fill out and submit the online application form.  Otherwise, you may download an application or obtain a paper form at the Circulation Desk and send it to:

Joan Savage

Volunteer Coordinator
Wilton Library Association
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897

Or contact her by email at: jsavage@wiltonlibrary.org

Necessary Qualities for All Positions

  • Reliable
  • Willing to learn new things
  • Attention to detail
  • Good organizational skills
  • Initiative
  • Enthusiasm
  • Legible handwriting
  • Team player

 Requirements

  • You must fill out an application, which is available at the Circulation Desk or online
  • Attend an interview
  • Once your have become a volunteer, go through an orientation and receive instruction in how to perform your job
  • Minimum requirement is 10 hours per month
  • Volunteers must be at least 13 years old
  • Volunteers must wear a “Volunteer” nametag when helping at the library.
  • Volunteers must sign the Volunteer Agreement document

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Art Reception

Do you enjoy art and being a host/hostess?

Art Receptions are held each month, generally on a Friday night from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Assist one staff member setting up the refreshments, greeting attendees, and pouring wine and beverages.  Chat with attendees.  After reception is over help put away refreshments and run glasses through the dishwasher.  Volunteer must be at least 21 years old for this position.

Book Cellar

Do you enjoy books and organizing?

Join the Book Cellar volunteers sorting, pricing and organizing the numerous books donated throughout the year to prepare for the Library’s Book Sales.  Volunteers work Monday and Thursday mornings to get the job done.

 Book Sale

Love crowds, seeing old friends and helping the library?

Be a volunteer at our Book Sales throughout the year, help with setting up the sale, directing buyers, keeping the tables organized, cashiering, putting up posters and signs.  The Book Sales take place in April, September and July.

Book Delivery

The Community Outreach Volunteer plays an important role in ensuring that all members of the community receive access to the Library’s collections.  The Community Outreach Services Volunteer works in coordination with the Circulation manager to pick up, deliver and return books from one of the independent/assisted living facilities in Wilton.

Skills needed:

  • Ability to lift bin of books weighing 30 pounds
  • Ability to provide dependable transportation so as to be punctual
  • Ability to work congenially with Staff, patrons and other volunteers

Fundraising Committee

Assist on a committee for major fundraiser throughout year.  Tasks vary. Time required – a minimum of 10 hours

Innovation Station

Are you an expert in a skill?

Conduct a class to teach others. – Timing to be determined.

Library Supply Maintenance & DVD cleaning

  • Cleaning returned DVDs with cloth and locking cases – 1 hour + per session –  preferably before 5 PM each day – must commit to a specific day per week
  • Prepare barcodes for Tech Services department
  • Cut scrap paper for distribution in baskets around library
  • Sharpen pencils for baskets around library
  • Prepare Welcome Packets for Welcome Wagon
  • Prepare Welcome Packets for Circ Desk
  • Remove “New” stickers from collection material as directed, when needed
  • Dust the Large Print Book shelves and the New Books shelves

Properties Upkeep

The responsibilities are varied and can include:

  • Dusting bookshelves
  • Raking leaves and removing trimmings
  • Careful vacuuming of the library, watering flowers, collecting trash and recycling
  • Sweeping parking lots and sidewalks
  • Assist setting up for major events
  • and a variety of other duties

Shelf Reader

Do you enjoy detail work and organizing? Do you have a good knowledge of numbers? Are you patient? Are you a library user?

The characteristics mentioned above are those necessary to become a shelf reader at the Wilton Library.  A shelf reader is a person who is assigned to check the materials shelves in certain sections of the Library to make sure that everything is in its proper place and that the shelves are neat and orderly.  This is a very important job because if the items are misplaced, patrons will be unable to find materials which are supposed to be on the shelves.  Careful “reading” of the call numbers and knowledge of numerical sequence are required to make sure that the items are arranged correctly by the Dewey Decimal system.

Special Projects

Can’t work at a set time?  Be a floater!
If you would like to volunteer but are unavailable on a regular basis, perhaps you should become a Special Projectors floater.
The Administration Department of the Library performs a variety of tasks which require help to complete.  These include stuffing envelopes, copying and collating documents, organizing, preparing binders as well as other clerical duties.

Candidates must be available at a day or two notice and willing to spend as little as an hour or as many as three to four hours at each task.  They should be fast learners with good language skills and carful with details

Spine Label Project

A computer-based project that involves printing updated spine labels for materials in our collection that have old and unattractive labels. After some brief initial training, make your own schedule – come whenever you want and spend as long as you like.