Volunteering with Lexington Public Library


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Current Opportunities

LPL After School (Only available at Marksbury 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 Marksbury and Northside Branches.

Community Transcription Project (Remote Opportunity)

Community Transcription Project Volunteer (Remote): The Library has many handwritten documents in the Digital Archives that are not currently searchable. Transcription of these documents will make them more usable for people researching Kentucky history and ancestors. We are seeking volunteers to assist with transcribing documents online for current and future projects! Requirements to volunteer with this opportunity are: able to read cursive, able to use a computer and access the internet, and able to transcribe 2-4 pages at a time. This volunteer opportunity is flexible in schedule, as you get to determine when, where, and how long you transcribe! The current transcription project is Baptismal Ledgers from St. Paul Catholic Church in Lexington, KY. These ledgers contain baptism records dating back to 1854 and include genealogical information such as birthdates and parents’ names, information not widely available in Kentucky until 1911. More projects will be added as they become available.

Experiential Learning Opportunities (STEAM Lab, Eastside Makerspace)

Volunteer opportunities with our STEAM Lab and Eastside 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 every Wednesday from 3-6 PM the every Thursday from 3-6 PM.

ESOL Opportunities

ESOL- Beginners English Classes and/or English Conversation Groups are current and upcoming programs taking place at several of our library locations. These classes or groups are for individuals learning English to improve English language reading, writing, listening, or speaking skills. Required skills and experience for volunteers include: consistent attendance on a weekly basis, being comfortable communicating with limited English speaking population; having an understanding and acceptance of diverse populations; having experience leading groups and serving as moderator of up to 20 people; and being an encouraging presence with a positive attitude. Volunteers will have resources and trainings available to prepare them for ESOL instruction and tutoring. Volunteers are needed to assist with ESOL programs at a few of our library locations on a variety of weekly schedules, so if interested, please apply.

Library Helpers: Tasks to Support your Library

This area of interest is intended for volunteers who are interested in assisting with some of the daily functions of our library locations. Many of these tasks require little to no training and have a very flexible schedule. Tasks may include shelf reading and straightening, cleaning and organizing children’s department areas, sanitizing surfaces, cutting paper and preparing craft materials, and more. Task availability will vary by the library location, day of the week, time of day, and season, so please indicate your preferred locations and availability on your application! Time commitments can vary, but volunteers should expect to volunteer from at least 30 minutes to 2 hours at a time. 

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.

Next Chapter Book Club (Location TBD)

Next Chapter Book Club Co-Facilitator is an opportunity for committed and consistent volunteers to assist with a bi-monthly book club. The Next Chapter Book Club is committed to providing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to read, learn and make friends in a relaxed, community setting. Two volunteers will serve as co-facilitators, under the direction of a library staff member, and will gather with the participants of the book club for one-hour to read aloud and discuss a book. The schedule and library location is pending. Volunteers should have experience working with adults with developmental disabilities or comparable experience. Long-term, consistent commitment is important to this role, so volunteers should be able to commit to regularly attending. In addition to the traditional onboarding for volunteers, there is an online training to be completed through the Next Chapter Book Club organization.  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.

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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.