Volunteering with Lexington Public Library

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

LPL After School (Only available at Village and Northside Branches)

LPL After School is a FREE drop-in program for kids aged 5-12 that takes place after regular school hours on Mondays through Fridays. Volunteers are needed during this time to assist program participants with reading, homework, and STEAM and other enrichment activities! Snacks will continue to be provided to youth age 18 and younger courtesy of God's Pantry. 

Volunteer shifts are offered 3:00-5:00 Monday-Friday at Village and Northside Branches.

Volunteering As-Needed For One-Time Events

Volunteering As-Needed For One-Time Events (Additional help with big events, set/up cleanup, and more!): Opportunities for volunteers in this category may include helping with large-scale library events by directing foot traffic, giving instructions to patrons of a program, helping library staff to set up/clean up before or after a program, helping to prepare materials for programs ahead of time (filling folders, making crafts, and more), and other one-time opportunities where we just need a little help! Opportunities will be listed on the volunteer calendar and emailed out to all who select this volunteer role. Sign up is first come, first served.

Experiential Learning Opportunities (STEAM Lab, Makerspace)

Volunteer opportunities with our STEAM Lab and Makerspace are limited.

Current Need is for Makerspace Volunteers: Interested in assisting folks making, doing, and crafting? Volunteers are needed on a regular basis in our Makerspace at Eastside Branch! No specific experience is required, but experience with computers is preferred. Makerspace volunteers must be able to commit at least 3 months to a regular schedule, be 18 years or older, and have an interest in creating and helping others. Volunteers can expect to assist customers of all ability and skill levels, ranging from teens to adults. No two days will be the same, so volunteers should be comfortable assisting customers with a wide range of projects. Current volunteer shifts are available the 1st and 3rd Saturdays and Sundays of the month from 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm.

Shelving Volunteer

Shelving Volunteer: Shelving is a long-term volunteer role, requiring a commitment up front of a certain number of weeks and a certain number of hours, depending on the volunteer's schedule and the library location's need.

This volunteer opportunity is physically demanding, requiring the volunteer to bend, squat, kneel, lift, and stand for up to 2 hours. Potential volunteers will be given online training materials and tests before being officially trained and onboarded to ensure long term success.

Shelving volunteers will be trained to organize library materials on carts, then accurately shelve books, DVDs, CDs, and other library materials.

Please ensure you select the locations where you will prefer to volunteer. Not all library locations will need volunteers to shelve, so we will do our best to place you at a location that works for us as well as you! A regular schedule is set between the volunteer and the library location.

Upcoming Opportunity: Next Chapter Book Club (Beaumont Branch)

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITY: Next Chapter Book Club is committed to providing weekly opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to read, learn and make friends in a relaxed, community setting. The premise is simple. A group of four to eight people with disabilities, along with two trained facilitators, gather bi-weekly for one-hour at the Beaumont Branch to read aloud and discuss a book. Schedule is not yet set, but is anticipated to be the first and third Tuesday afternoon each month. Anyone can participate, whatever their reading or ability level. NCBC members range from those who read proficiently to those who cannot read at all. We believe everyone has the ability to connect to a story and a right to share theirs.

Volunteer Dungeon Masters- Eastside Dungeons & Dragons Programs

Volunteers are needed to assist Lexington Public Library staff with their ongoing D&D programs at the Eastside Branch. The programs are the first Saturday of each month from 2-4:40 pm, and the third Thursday of each month from 4-6:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to run a game as a Dungeon Master (DM) and should have experience as a DM, experience working with beginner players as well as seasoned players, and experience working with, teaching, or assisting kids 11 and older. Sessions may be one-shots or part of the current campaigns. Volunteers should be patient, friendly, and enthusiastic! A regular schedule is preferred.

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Mission Statements

The Lexington Public Library's Mission:

Lexington Public Library connects people, inspires ideas, and transforms lives.

The Lexington Public Library's Volunteer Mission:

The Lexington Public Library Volunteer Program gives volunteers constructive and rewarding opportunities to practice new skills and use their existing skills to fulfil the Library’s mission and vision; assists the library staff in providing high-quality services that otherwise could not be achieved; builds public awareness of Library operations; and furthers the relationship between the Library and the communities it serves.