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Volunteer Opportunities @ HCPL

Volunteer reading at a day care

HCPL has a strong and vibrant volunteer program - over 1,300 people donate their time and talents to the library every year. Library volunteers are involved in many aspects of library service – from behind the scenes circulation help, to serving children in day care centers and elementary schools and even helping customers in our exciting Innovation Lab. Opportunities and openings vary from branch to branch. Here are just a few ways you can get involved (click on link for more information)

  • Summer Reading Volunteer Opportunities
  • Branch Volunteer Opportunities
  • Innovation Lab & Computer Volunteers
  • Friends of HCPL
  • Sharing the Gift Volunteers (currently closed – will start in Fall)
  • Partners in Reading Volunteers (currently closed – will start in Fall)
  • Summer Reading Volunteer Opportunities

    Middle and high school volunteers are needed to help with our 2017 Summer Reading Challenge. Volunteers will register children, explain the program and assist with other duties related to the summer program.

    NEW THIS YEAR – All Summer Reading Volunteer applications will be completed on-line!

    Position Description | Apply online

    After May 15, volunteers who completed the application will be contacted by branch staff to schedule a training date. Both new and returning volunteers must attend a training session at the branch where they will volunteer.

    This is a popular program with limited openings, so interested volunteers are encouraged to complete the online application by May 15. Volunteer opportunities vary from branch to branch.

    Branch Volunteer Opportunities

    Ongoing opportunities for volunteers 14 years old and up (limited positions for teens)

    Position description
    Download Application to turn in @ your branch

    There are many ways to help behind the scenes. Volunteers help shelve, pull materials to fill customer requests, sort mail and material delivery, withdraw library materials, and help librarians prepare for programs and storytimes. Opportunities and opening vary from branch to branch.

    Innovation and Computer Volunteers

    Ongoing opportunities for tech savvy individuals who are 16 and an older (limited opportunities for teens)

    Download application to turn in at your branch

    Volunteers needed to help customers with basic computer instruction at all our branches as well as helping in our Innovation Lab @ our Abingdon Branch. Volunteers must be comfortable with computers and technology and have good interpersonal skills.

    Volunteer to Share Your Love of Reading with Pre-Schoolers!

    Encourage a child’s enthusiasm for reading as you share stories, fingerplays and other library materials with young children. A librarian will prepare a packet of materials for volunteers to share with children in a licensed preschool or daycare center in Harford County. You must be 18 or older, have transportation and be able to volunteer for a half day per month from October through May.

    All Sharing the Gift volunteer openings currently filled.

    Job description

    Make a difference in a child’s life!
    Volunteer for Partners in Reading

    Encourage a child’s enthusiasm for reading as you work one-on-one or in small group settings with elementary school students. Volunteers make an impact on students as they become reading buddies and role models.

    You must be 18 or older, have transportation to a designated elementary school, be able to volunteer a minimum of 1 hour a week during school hours from October through June and complete a criminal background check.

    All Partners in Reading volunteer openings are currently filled.

    Contact Michele Louderback Louderback@hcplonline.org or 410-273-5601 ext. 6508 for more information about this rewarding and fun volunteer opportunity!