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North Wales Area Library

233 S. Swartley Street

North Wales, PA 19454

215-699-5410

Regular Hours:

Sunday: Closed

 

Monday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Thursday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Digital resources available 24/7

© 2019 North Wales Area Library |   Privacy Policy   |   NWAL is a 501(c)(3) organization

North Wales Area Library Guidelines for Volunteers

The North Wales Area Library welcomes your participation as a member of the volunteer staff of the library.  We hope your association with the library will be a pleasant and rewarding experience.  The contribution of your time and talents will help the Library maintain and improve the high standards of library service expected by the residents.

 

The following guidelines will assist you in performing your volunteer assignments:

 

  1. The volunteer will receive training in job procedures by a library staff member.  Any changes in procedure should not be made without consultation with library staff.

  2. The volunteer should report to the library staff member accordingly to a mutually agreeable schedule.  In case of illness or other reason for absence, please notify the department as early as possible.

  3. The facilities of the kitchen are available for volunteer use.  Food and drinks may be consumed only in this area.

  4. Volunteers should maintain a courteous, pleasant, and businesslike manner in public areas.  Socializing with friends, relatives or other staff members during the work period is not considered appropriate.  Children, or other relatives or friends are not permitted in non-public areas.

  5. Volunteers are to dress in a neat, well-groomed business-like manner.  Jeans, tee shirts, shorts and leggings may not be acceptable in the public service areas.  Tailored shorts and jeans may be acceptable for certain activities.

  6. Any questions asked by patrons in the public areas should be referred to a library staff member, except for the directional questions such as, “Where is the restroom?”

  7. Volunteers are invited to attend staff meetings, if they wish.

  8. A time sheet is kept on file for each volunteer.  Each volunteer is required to sign in and out so we can maintain a record of the number of hours volunteers have contributed to the library.  

  9. Volunteers who are unable to follow instructions from library staff will be asked to resign from the volunteer program.

 

 

Youth Volunteer Service Opportunities

Typically, school year volunteers work for a limited number of hours to complete a requirement taking on whatever needs to be done during the time they volunteer.

Tasks may include:

  • photocopying, cutting paper, cleaning books, straightening shelves, or shelving.

  • Schedules are worked out on an individual basis, but each individual shift is no longer than 2 hours.

  • Weekdays work best because more staff is available to supervise. 

 

Summer volunteers are part of a 8-9 week program that takes place during the time of the annual Summer Reading Program. All summer volunteers are required to attend a training session at the beginning of the summer to learn their jobs and responsibilities. Schedules are worked out on an individual basis and may be worked around vacations and other commitments. Weekdays work best because more staff is available to supervise. 

Tasks may include:

  • registering kids, teens and adults for Summer Reading Programs 

  • helping to prepare crafts and materials for children’s programs 

  • assisting with setting up and cleaning up the program room on program days 

  • photocopying 

  • cutting paper

  • cleaning books

  •  straightening shelves, or shelving. Schedules are worked out on an individual basis and may be worked around vacations and other commitments. Weekdays work best because more staff is available to supervise.

 

Minimum Age for Volunteers
The Library will accept youth volunteers ages 12 and up only, unless specific volunteer opportunities and/or unique circumstances arise. In those cases, accepting a younger person for volunteer service is up to the discretion of the Director.

Community Service Volunteers
When possible, the Library will strive to provide opportunities for school, church, civic groups and/or individuals to fulfill honor society requirements, do club projects, etc. There is no guarantee that all requests can be accommodated. The decision will be made by the Director, based upon the Library’s current volunteer needs.

Requests from individuals needing to meet court-ordered community service requirements will be accommodated only if given adequate time to process the application (at least two weeks notice). There is no obligation to accommodate court-ordered volunteers who delayed starting their hours or have a rapidly approaching deadline.

Court-ordered volunteers must go through the application, screening and placement process, as other volunteers would. They will not be placed into volunteer opportunities where they would be unsupervised, working with children, or visiting the homes of Library customers.

Court-ordered volunteers failing to fulfill their agreed-upon volunteer schedule will have their volunteer status canceled and the change in status will be reported to the courts.

 
Volunteer/Community Service Guidelines

 

As a valued library Volunteer, you would be expected to: 

  • Arrive at the library on time as scheduled.

  • Record date and time that you arrive on the volunteer time sheet. 

  • Give adequate notice when not available for your assigned time

  • Volunteers are to dress in a neat, well-groomed business-like manner.  Jeans, tee shirts, shorts and leggings may not be acceptable in the public service areas.  Tailored shorts and jeans may be acceptable for certain activities.

  • Avoid personal calls or visits while you are working

  • Before you leave, make sure to write down the time you finish working on your time sheet 

  • If you have any questions while you are working, please ask library staff.  There are no silly questions!

 

Volunteers are considered valued members of our library family. As a non-paid employee, you will: 

  • Receive training from an experienced, patient, well-informed supervisor

  • Acquire new skills and knowledge

  • Gain a sense of satisfaction in serving your community

  • Support literacy and life-long learning

  • Meet new and interesting people who share your love of books

The Friends of the North Wales Library

 

The Friends of the North Wales Library is a charitable organization of individuals, businesses and service groups who value the social, intellectual, and civic benefits the Library brings to our community. Friends support the Library through donations, volunteerism and publicity, seeking always to bring Library needs to the attention of the community and community needs to the attention of the Library. In past years, funds raised by the group through grant applications, donations and special events have been used for Library furnishings, signage, lighting, and special programs.

 

All that is required to become a Friend is demonstration of a sincere commitment to the Library through a financial contribution and/or a willingness to donate your time and talents to support the Library and its activities.

 

The Friends Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday of every month in the Library Community Rooms to plan and monitor activities. All Friends are welcome to attend these meetings. Please bring your ideas and enthusiasm, and pitch in.

 

Note: Friends of the North Wales Library is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your contributions are tax deductible, and may be eligible for matching by your employer.

 

To join the Friends of the North Wales Library, please complete and submit this membership form.

We thank you for your support!