Volunteer

Volunteer

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Is it time to get involved with your community? To give back? To share your skills? To push yourself to try something new?   

We have volunteers from all walks and stages of life. They volunteer for all kinds of reasons, but they all choose the library because they love what we stand for: free access to information, a chance to connect with the community, and a place to learn, grow, and create. If you want to become a part of this mission and of the Tompkins County Public Library team, read on...

What can volunteers do?

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Below is a sample of volunteer jobs. Many volunteer jobs are seasonal and/or temporary. Once you complete a volunteer application, you will meet with the volunteer coordinator who will describe the various jobs that are available. Together, you will create a plan that works best for you and the library.

 

How do I apply?

Apply online. This is the fastest way to get started.  The volunteer coordinator will email you within two business days to set up an appointment with you for an interview and to discuss the best volunteer opportunity for you and your schedule.

Pick up a paper application at the Circulation or Reference Desk and mail in or return to the library.  The volunteer coordinator will email you within a week to set up an appointment with you for an interview.

Note: Applicants must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. Applicants who are 12 or 13 years old may apply if they can ensure that an adult guardian or parent will be present in the library for the duration of the volunteer shifts.

 

Current Volunteers

 

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Registered volunteers can login to view schedules or check in and out during shifts.

 

FAQs

Can I just walk in and start volunteering?
Unfortunately, no. All volunteers must complete an application and be interviewed by the volunteer coordinator before they are accepted as a volunteer. Please count on at least a week or two between the time you submit an application and when you start your service. We have a high volume of requests, so your patience is appreciated!

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Applicants must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. Applicants who are 12 or 13 years old may apply if they can ensure that an adult guardian or parent will be present in the library for the duration of the volunteer shifts. No one under 12 is allowed to volunteer.

The court is requiring me to do community service.  Do you accept this type of volunteer?
If your crime is a nonviolent crime, you may volunteer here.  You will be required to let the volunteer coordinator know the nature of your crime/offense so that they can let you know if you are eligible. 

Please note that any volunteer who needs a signature validating their service for the courts or JA at their school can volunteer only during the times the Volunteer Coordinator is present in the building.

Do I get paid?
No, the library does not pay volunteers for their service. That said, we work with a number of organizations that do pay the person and support that person as they learn job skills. If you're interested in this, we can discuss this during your interview and the volunteer coordinator can inform you of these organizations.

Can I be turned down or terminated?
Yes, the library reserves the right to not accept a volunteer request.  There are a variety of reasons why this may be the case:

  • The applicant may not possess the skills we need for the service we need.
  • The applicant may have committed a recent violent crime that we feel may put library patrons or staff at risk.
  • The applicant is a persona non grata.
  • The applicant/volunteer has not adhered to our library's code of conduct.
  • The volunteer has been a no call/no show for a few weeks.

Upcoming Events

Library Open

October 20, 2019
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Library - Public Area and Stacks

Trust Building for Teams

October 21, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Event Description
'Trust Building for Teams' with Erica Marx. Learn key insights and personalized next steps to build positive, productive, and resilient teams with the capacity to innovate and thrive. Fee is $70 and includes light refreshments. Visit www.hsctc.org...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace OPEN HOURS

October 21, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Makerspace
About this event::
Join us in the Makerspace for self-led open hours! Bring your project, or make something with our available tools and materials. Share ideas with other makers, learn from volunteers and members of the community, and tinker to your heart's content!...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

October 21, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Information & Learning Services Department
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Book a librarian for help with digital downloads or computer basics. ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Board Game Club

October 21, 2019
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner West
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
About this event::
Children ages 8-12 are invited to explore and learn new board games each week with Mike Timonin, local board game aficionado! All kinds of great games to choose from! Put on your strategic thinking cap and join us! Feel free to join in and play ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Costume Couture - Zombie Makeup Edition

October 21, 2019
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Makerspace
About this event::
Teens ages 13 and up are invited to this drop-in weekly Makerspace session with a focus on creating costumes, cosplay, accessories, props, and wearable garments of all types! This week we will be exploring zombie makeup and simple special effects ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Party

October 21, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Adults, Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids, Teens
Program Type: Other
About this event::
Join us for a pumpkin carving and decorating party! Pumpkins and all decorating supplies will be provided by the Library while supplies last. No registration required. First come first served. Please bring a bag to transport your pumpkin home. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Writing, Classes and Workshops, Community Read
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 3
About this event::
Where are you from? Where have you been? How does your own personal story of journey or stability inform your sense of self? How does that story mesh with the story told by your family of origin? How does your story come together with your current fa...