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VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

How do I become a volunteer?

  • Ask for a Volunteer Information Package, which includes the application, at the main floor information desk at the Library, or,
  • Download the Volunteer Application form and email or drop off to the attention of Kate Schillings
  • Questions? Contact Kate Schillings, Manager of Volunteer Services directly at 519-271-0220, ext. 122, or kschillings@pcin.on.ca

Current Openings

Reading Buddies

One-to-one reading program offered in both French & English...a fun & gentle way to build the reading skills of 6—10 yr. olds. This program runs 4 times per year, so here’s your chance to have a meaningful volunteer experience in 2019, and beyond.  Volunteer for one session and you may find yourself wanting to return for future sessions.

  • 4 sessions per year
  • 8 weeks per session
  • 1 hour per week; Tuesdays 3:45 to 5:00 (to 5:30 optional)
  • training/orientation provided
  • position requires a background check

If you are:

  • any age (minimum 14 yrs)
  • reliable (show up for all scheduled sessions, on time)
  • an encourager and a good role model
  • a promoter of the library as a place to learn & have fun
  • a lover of reading who hopes others can be, too

….then we need you! 

MakerSpace Volunteer

  • assist staff in supporting the creative aspirations and pursuits of Stratford residents
  • enjoy learning about 3-D printing, vinyl cutter, Adobe Photo Suite, CAD programs, Virtual Reality, Photo Digitization, Robotics, and Sewing Machines, to name a few
  • flexible shifts available
  • Volunteers, while not expected to be an expert in any or all of these technologies, will enjoy this experience if they are interested and curious about learning new technologies and encouraging others as they learn.

If you are interested, please complete the application package and then contact Kate right away at kschillings@stratford.ca or 519-271-0220 ext. 122.

Have you been thinking about volunteering?

We invite you to share your time and talents with the Stratford Public Library in one or more of our rewarding volunteer assignments.  We have assignments in a variety of areas, with a variety of time commitments. Applications are accepted anytime and held for one year pending openings, so it’s always good to get yours in the mix. 

Volunteer assignments at the library include:

Weekly assignments:

  • library collection maintenance, including:
    • shelf-reading
    • book mending
    • audio/video disc cleaning/resurfacing
  • custodial support, including:
    • sorting/distributing recyclable materials
  •  technology support:
    • Tech Tutor Service

Programming Event support (weekly or episodic):

  • Children’s Programming:
    • Reading Buddies (4 eight week sessions per year)
    • Summer Programs (July/August):  at the library and select locations around Stratford
  • Teen/tween Programming, for example:
    • Sew Simple
    • Teen V/R
  • Adult Programming, for example:
    • New Neighbours Night
    • Let’s Do It Sessions
  • Makerspace Programming, for example:
    • Coding Club
    • Full STEAM Ahead
    • Open Lab

Library Outreach Services:

  • Home Delivery Service:
    • delivering library materials to patrons who cannot access the library in person

Orientation and training will ensure that your volunteer experience is productive, enjoyable, and rewarding.  Some positions require Background Checks, the cost of which will be reimbursed to you.