Lancaster City Location
We welcome volunteers 16 years of age and above to engage in a variety of volunteer opportunities such as program assistance, teaching, presenting programs, organizing books and DVDs, gardening and assisting with special events. Please read the introductory letter with explanation of our process and fill out the application and return to Anna Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 394-2651 x 273.
Volunteer Opportunities with Children and Teens
Interested in Science: Assist with our Nano Exhibit in September
The Nano Exhibit is a hands-on exhibit that engages family audiences in Nano science and engineering, introduces some real world applications, and explores societal implications for the new technology. Participants explore smaller and smaller magnetic materials, build a giant carbon nanotube, explore static v. gravity, etc.
Volunteers with a background in chemistry and/or materials science will act as teaching staff and help the community expand their knowledge of Nano science in this fun experience for all ages. Strong public speaking skills and enthusiasm for all things Nano is a plus. If you have a few hours to spare each week or would like to take a more major role in the coordinating the exhibit , we welcome your involvement.
2 hours shifts are available Monday thru Saturday morning, afternoon and evenings. Sign up for one or for multiple shifts throughout the month in the September 2015.
Japanese Culture Club Leader: Manga, Anime, Sushi and more!
Provide a fun gathering place to share all aspects of Japanese culture with teens–anime, manga, language instruction, sushi, music, etc. Required: Computer skills and the ability to use projector, laptops, and DVDs to enhance the program. One hour per week contact time. Set up and preparation in advance. Must be 21 or over and have experience working with teens.
Video Gaming Monitor: Wii and X-box enthusiasts
If you enjoy games of all kinds and have familiarity with using X-Box 360 and a Wii, consider volunteering with teens at the Lancaster Public library from 3:30-5:30pm Tuesdays. The time includes set up and clean up and talking with participants and parents. Various Board Games are also available. Volunteers should be 22 years or older. Volunteers should be able to both socialize and take a leadership role and be able to communicate with participants effectively. Must be 22 years or older and have experience working with teens.
Computer Tutors for Adult Learners
Join a team of experienced individuals who offer vital computer instruction to the community throughout the year. Volunteers work in teams of two, teach up to ten people per time for four week sessions offering a wide variety of classes using Windows 7 and Office 10 including Introduction to Computers, Word-Levels 1 and 2, Excel -Levels I and Smartphones. Currently, classes are offered in the evenings based on the tutors’ schedule and library hours but we may add daytime classes based on volunteer availability.
ESL : Literacy Classes
Lancaster Public Library serves a diverse community of learners from all over the world. It offers Literacy classes throughout the year on Saturdays starting at 11am all year and Tuesday afternoons starting at 1pm for 1.5 hours from September to May. We have both beginner and advanced groups. Volunteers with previous ESL training are asked to join a team of experienced instructors. We welcome individuals to help us respond to the growing need in the community to assist learners in improving their conversational skills at all levels. Our students represent a broad cross-section of the community and come from Cuba, Nepal, Bhutan, Congo, India, Bosnia, etc.
Help create “First Friday for Families” at the Lancaster Public Library from 5:30-8pm. Each First Friday, the library opens a new exhibit, provides creative programming and a social time for families to gather, lends books and DVDs, and opens our Juliana Bookstore. We are looking for creative talents to work on programming for families connecting the exhibit themes to art activities, music, and foods. We are also looking for people to assist the Gallery Consultant in installing the exhibits and to recommend programs to expand our stated purpose of expanding First Friday as a family-friendly experience.
ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
- Shelving books, DVDs, and CDs
- Program assistants for Adult or Children’s programming
- Special Events planning
- Creating Window displays