The statement that “volunteers are the heart of our organization” is certainly true for the Cleburne Public Library.
“With a small staff of seven, we simply would not be able to do all the many tasks needed to keep our library running smoothly without the extra hands our volunteers provide,” Cleburne Public Librarian Tina Dunham said.
The library’s volunteers range in age from 14, all the way up to 80s, with all ages in between. They work various shifts. Some come at specific times each week while others only come a few times a year to help with programs. They also come from various backgrounds including students, retirees and homemakers, as well as representing a whole spectrum of careers.
“All of these diverse life experiences provide us many different perspectives on programming ideas to offer the community,” Dunham said.
Some great reasons you might volunteer at the library could be to help others, make a difference, connect with your community, use your skills in a productive way, develop new skills, meet new friends, get out of the house, learn about all the wonderful resources available and to strengthen your resume or college admissions application.
You might be a good volunteer candidate, or your teen might volunteer to fulfill a service or scouting project or earn service hours for school. Perhaps you want to keep your computer skills current by helping seniors (and others) with their computer needs.
As a library volunteer you might:
• “Adopt a shelf,” and make sure its books are always in order
• Assist Maker Corner participants
• Help library patrons with computer usage
• Deliver to home-bound patrons
• Work in the fall book sale
• Sort book donations
• Shelve books
• Assist with special projects
• Help with Summer Reading Club programming
• Teach a class in the Maker Corner
• Have fun
“Our immediate needs are for computer assistants, someone who can help with embroidery on a sewing machine and regularly scheduled monitors for the Maker Corner (simply meaning that you would help a patron get started using any of the equipment in the corner),” Dunham said.
Of course when COVID restrictions are totally lifted, and full programming is allowed again, the library will also have need for more program helpers.
“We are always open to adding a class if you have a special talent to share with others as well,” Dunham said. “If you have a talent or interest in a particular subject, odds are that someone else will too. Come talk to us!”
The library is at 302 W. Henderson St. For information, call 817-645-0934.