How To Volunteer
We are excited that you are interested in spending your time volunteering with the Quarryville Library. As you read on, you’ll find we have many opportunities for volunteers of all ages and abilities.
When you’re ready to start volunteering, submit a volunteer application to the library. Applications can be found at the front desk or here. Most volunteers over 18 need to complete clearances that may take a few weeks to arrive. Volunteers will be trained once their paperwork is complete.
Some of our opportunities can be used to fulfill school, church or civic organization community service requirements as well as court ordered community service.
- Board of Trustees Member
The Quarryville Library Board of Trustees is tasked with advocating and fundraising for the library. They meet once a month to conduct business and are a policy-making board with the ability to make decisions about programs, budgets, and policies. Board members advocate for the library at local municipal meetings, by listening to the community’s needs and concerns, assist in the annual budgeting process, and support and participate in library fundraisers, activities, and programs. Board member terms last three years.
- Adopt a Community Bookshelf
The Library, in partnership with the Solanco School District Title I Office, operates free little libraries–called “Community Bookshelves”–in several locations across the Southern End. Community Bookshelves are located in all four Solanco Elementary Schools, as well as at BB’s Discount Grocery, Musser’s Market, Solid Rock Youth Ministries, and Oak Bottom Village. We need volunteers to help keep the shelves at the public locations–BB’s and Musser’s–stocked with books. The library has books on hand for volunteers to put out.
- Book Check-in and Shelving
Book check in and shelving volunteers are a vital and integral part of the daily operations of our library. They support our library staff by helping them to check materials in and shelve items in the proper place. These volunteers are also given other behind the scenes duties relating to circulation. Volunteers are assigned shifts during the library’s normal business hours and are always working alongside a library staff person. Shifts are generally two hours long and are available in the morning, afternoon, or evening.
- Adopt a Shelf
An incorrectly shelved book is a lost book! Adopt a few of our bookshelves, perhaps in your favorite genre, and help us keep them in order. This is a great opportunity for children under the age of fourteen to volunteer as well as others who are short on time. This opportunity allows you to set your own schedule.
- Art Committee Member
The Art Committee of the Quarryville Library keeps the CX Carlson Cultural Room looking fresh by selecting, hanging and hosting beautiful art shows several times a year. Members of this committee recruit local artists, including painters, photographers, quilters, mixed media artists and others, to participate in shows lasting one to two months. They also graciously host an opening reception party for each new exhibit giving viewers a chance to meet and talk to the displaying artist(s).
- Children’s Programming Assistant
If you love to work with children and enjoy interactive activities then maybe you’ll consider working as an assistant to our Youth Services Coordinator. Programs for kids include LEGO night, movie night, parachute play, story time and various craft and art related programs. Assistants can help prepare activities, organize and set-up the learning environment, help sign in children and work with children who need assistance.
Friends of the Library Volunteer Opportunities
The Friends of the Quarryville Library are a non-profit organization of community-minded library lovers who conduct fundraising events to support the library. The Friends meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00am, but you don’t have to make the meeting to join the group! A few of their volunteer opportunities include:
- Classic Book Sellers
The Friends sell books through Amazon. This volunteer job requires a bit of internet savvy as you will be looking up books to decide their value and posting them for sale on Amazon.
- Used Book Sorters and Organizers
Friends are needed to help sort books by genres, publication dates and quality. Many of the volunteers for this position come to the library in the morning to empty our donation wagons and prepare for the book sales.
- Book Sale Workers (*the book sales are temporarily suspended, due to the Covid-19 virus*)
We currently have our larger book sales two times per month on the fourth Tuesday from 10-8 and the previous Saturday from 10-3. Workers are needed for shifts throughout the day. These volunteers collect money and continue to keep the sale area stocked and organized.
The Friends are in need of bakers for many of our events. Donations of baked goods are needed for our craft sale, holiday bake sale, auction, art receptions and our famous Go-Fore-Golf Event as well as other children’s programs. If you like to bake but can’t eat it all, please consider being part of this team.
- Used Book Store Volunteers (*the book store is currently closed, due to the Covid-19 virus*)
Our used book store is staff by a wonderful crew of dedicated volunteers, who sell items donated to the library by our generous community. Find out more about volunteering in the bookstore here.