Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

Welcome! Your service hours will not only be making a contribution to a dynamic library system and growing community, but could be personally rewarding. The enthusiasm and creative ideas of our volunteers have been a great asset in maintaining our reputation of providing excellent public service.

Volunteers and interns work at a wide variety of jobs in the library system. We support the efforts of the volunteers with training and volunteer benefits. Please look through the following positions and contact us if you see one or more that appeal to you. Thank you for your interest in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Apply online to be a library volunteer!

Other volunteering opportunities:

1-800-Volunteer.org - from the Points of Light Foundation
IdeaList.org - includes volunteer opportunities for kids and teens
Peacework - based in Blacksburg, features volunteer opportunities around the world
Rappahannock United Way - our local volunteer center

Volunteer Positions

Youth Volunteers (12-17 years old) 
Working as a computer tutor
Working with books and other materials
Working with the Friends of the Library
Working as an adult literacy tutor
Working in the Virginiana Room

 


Youth Volunteers

If you are 12 - 17 and would like to volunteer at the library, please fill out our form and let us know which branch library is closest to you. You can also let us know if you are volunteering to fulfill a Scouting, school, or church requirement.  We routinely have waiting lists for the summer months.  You might want to pursue one of the other volunteering opportunities above.

 


Working as a computer tutor

Computer literacy is almost as important as knowing how to read.  If you would like to help teach members of our community basic computer skills such as how to create and use an email account, navigate the web, complete an online job application, or use a word processing program, the library needs you!

 


Working with books and other materials

Library volunteers needed to help shelve materials, search for requested items, and assist in maintaining an attractive and pleasant atmosphere in our branches.  Volunteers also help at our service center Mondays through Friday doing these things as well as helping to get materials ready for circulation and shipped out to our branches.

Must be fluent in English, be able to alphabetize and put numbers from 0-9 in order.  Work can require bending over, stooping, or standing on a step stool; reaching above head; using light cleaning solutions; and occasionally lifting 20-40 lbs. and/or pushing a book cart that could weigh up to 200 lbs.


Working with the Friends of the Library

The Friends are an organized network of library supporters who have been pivotal in the development of library services throughout the region. The Friends have energetically advocated to establish branch libraries and to increase local and state funding. The support of the Friends has resulted in vastly improved facilities, technology, staff development, and community programming. They are able to do this through a variety of fund-raising activities. They can use your help to assist with sorting and storing materials donated for the book sales, work at a book sale, or provide baked goods for book sale preview parties and other events.

 


Working as an adult literacy tutor

We partner with Rappahannock Goodwill Industries and their GoodSkills literacy program.  Tutors typically work one-to-one with adults 18 and over to improve reading, writing, math, English, or computer skills. Training is offered on an on-going basis; call Shanna Boutchyard at (540)371-3070 or email her at shanna.boutchyard@fredgoodwill.org to learn more about the GoodSkills program.

 


Working in the Virginiana Room

Our Virginiana Room is a collection of local history and genealogical resources. Volunteers help the staff in the Reference department by retrieving or filing materials, checking bibliographies against holdings, or helping patrons locate materials and use equipment.

 


Internships

We create internships for college students who wish to gain some employment experience for college credit. Students wishing to pursue an internship at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library should contact Margaret Beattie, (540)372-1144, x248, prior to the semester of their internship. The internship listed below is an example. 

Librarianship -- the intern will meet with departmental supervisors, shadow staff at desks and different departments, work on a special project or projects, and conduct research on issues in the field of librarianship.

If any of these volunteer activities or internships is of interest to you, please contact us or apply online!