volunteer at MRL


Volunteer Opportunities

Scroll through the page to see a description of the listed opportunities.

  • Boys & Girls Club Library
  • Adopt-A-Shelf
  • Homework Help
  • Materials Care – MATS
  • Materials Care – Adult Services
  • Administrative Services – Clerical & Special Projects
  • Children’s Services Program
  • Materials Care – Children's Services
  • Children's Crafts
  • Children's Book Prep
  • Summer Reading
  • Shelving Assistant
  • MRL Greeter and Tour Guide
  • Landscape Care
  • Create Your Own Assignment


Adopt-A-Shelf
The Library can best serve patrons when every item in the collection is in its proper space. In order to keep shelves of materials in order, volunteers are needed to “adopt” a selected or assigned section of shelving and maintain correct placement of materials. You will learn the unique requirements of shelving for the section. Family volunteering? You bet! Adopt-a-Shelf (or a special area) is a great way for parents to teach their children civic responsibility and have fun doing it.
If you are interested in volunteering for this opportunity, you must have the ability to take direction and work independently, be able to give attention to detail, be able to tolerate bending, stooping, sitting, and standing, must enjoy routine and repetitive tasks, and you must successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.


Homework Help
Would you like to be a crucial part of MRL’s drop-in Homework Help that is provided to 3rd-5th grade students? Volunteers are needed to provide homework help every Friday from 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. This position requires at least one semester commitment. If you are interested in becoming a Homework Help Volunteer, you must have the necessary knowledge/training to provide competent and accurate information to students receiving homework help, be able to communicate clearly and maintain a warm, approachable manner with students, and you must successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.


Materials Care– MATS
Volunteers are needed to provide care for our materials in our Media and Technology Services department including providing general cleaning of audio-visual materials, checking materials for damage, shelving materials, straightening shelves, and various other tasks that provide care for MATS materials. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity you must have the ability to take direction and work independently, be able to give attention to detail, be able to tolerate bending, stooping, sitting, standing, stretching, lifting, and pushing a book cart, be able to tolerate exposure to cleaning solutions, must enjoy routine and repetitive tasks, and you must successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.


Materials Care – Adult Services
Volunteers are needed to provide care for our materials in our Adult Services department including providing general cleaning of books, checking books for damage, shelving materials, straightening shelves, clearing the book drop, and various other tasks that provide care for Adult Services materials. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity you must have the ability to take direction and work independently, be able to give attention to detail, be able to tolerate bending, stooping, sitting, standing, stretching, lifting, and pushing a book cart, be able to tolerate exposure to cleaning solutions, must enjoy routine and repetitive tasks, and you must successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.


Administrative – Clerical and Special Projects Support

Are you interested in a behind the scenes volunteer opportunity? Our Administrative Department comprised of the Library Director, Business Manager, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, and Human Resources Manager has a need for volunteers to assist with making copies, filing, research, scanning documents, and other related tasks including special projects. If you would like to be considered for this volunteer opportunity, you must have the ability to take direction and work independently, be able to give attention to detail, be able to tolerate bending, stooping, sitting, standing, stretching, and lifting, must have computer skills, must enjoy routine and repetitive tasks, and you must successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.


Children’s Services Program Volunteer
Assist and support the Children’s Services staff with various tasks in the delivery of quality service to patrons. Assist with children’s program set-up, crowd control, attendance count, and serving items during programs. Straighten chairs, pick up materials, and assist with after program clean-up. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity you must have the ability to take direction and work independently, be able to communicate clearly and maintain a warm, approachable manner with children and their caregivers, be able to give attention to detail, be able to tolerate bending, stooping, sitting, standing, stretching, and lifting, and you must successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.


Materials Care Volunteer – Children’s Services
Volunteers are needed to provide care for our materials in our Children’s Services department including providing general cleaning of books and toys, checking books and toys for damage, cleaning computer screens and keyboards, shelving materials, straightening shelves, and various other tasks that provide care for Children’s Services materials. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity you must have the ability to take direction and work independently, be able to give attention to detail, be able to tolerate bending, stooping, sitting, standing, stretching, lifting, and pushing a book cart, be able to tolerate exposure to cleaning solutions, must enjoy routine and repetitive tasks, and you must successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.

Children’s Craft Volunteer
Assist and support the Children’s Services staff with various tasks in preparing for story time and craft materials. Assist in preparing story time and craft materials and pull materials for story time events. This is a great position for someone who loves crafts. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity you must have the ability to take direction and work independently, be able to communicate clearly and maintain a warm, approachable manner with children and their caregivers, be able to give attention to detail, be able to tolerate bending, stooping, sitting, standing, stretching, and lifting, and you must successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.

Children’s Book Prep Volunteer
Assist and support the Children’s Services staff with tasks in preparing books for special collections. Assist in pulling books for collections, enter appropriate grade level in books, enter accelerated reader information in books, and other related tasks. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity you must have the ability to take direction and work independently, be able to communicate clearly and maintain a warm, approachable manner with children and their caregivers, be able to give attention to detail, be able to tolerate bending, stooping, sitting, standing, stretching, and lifting, and you must successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.

Summer Reading Volunteer
Stay busy this summer and volunteer to help with our busy Summer Reading Program—register kids for the program, distribute prizes, assist with programs, help create craft projects, assist with book displays and more! This position fills up quickly so interested individuals should submit a volunteer application in early spring.

Shelving Assistant
If you've ever looked for a book that is supposed to be on the shelf and you can't find it, then you know how important correctly shelved materials are to the user-friendly library.
This is a great position for discovering all the wonderful materials the library has to offer. You will learn the correct placement of library materials and requirements for shelving. Volunteer Shelving Assistants must have the ability to take direction and work independently, be able to give attention to detail, be able to tolerate bending, stooping, sitting, standing, stretching, lifting, and pushing a book cart, must enjoy routine and repetitive tasks, and you must successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.

MRL Greeter & Tour Guide
This is the first stop for visitors to discover Morrisson-Reeves Library – volunteers will provide information on location of library services, scheduled events, and library tours. MRL Greeter duties include greeting and providing directional information to library patrons and the general public as they enter the Library for special programs such as, but not limited to, FML Book Sales, Talk to A Lawyer, Free Tax Service, etc. Tour guide duties include meeting prescheduled community and school groups and showing them around the library; reading a story or two, providing age-appropriate or requested information to them; and giving out handouts as requested. The Volunteer Greeter & Tour Guide must have the ability to work independently, be able to give attention to detail, be able to tolerate bending, stooping, sitting, standing, stretching, lifting, and climbing stairs, be able to communicate clearly and maintain a warm, approachable manner with library patrons, the general public, and children, and must successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc. After training, you must have the necessary knowledge and ability to provide competent and accurate information about the Library to all individuals you come into contact with.

Landscape Care Volunteer
Do you have a green thumb? Would you like to put your love of gardening and landscape care to great use at the Library. Be a part of the beautification team that assists with landscape care including weeding, trimming, raking, mulching, etc. If you are interested in this opportunity, you must have a commitment to serving, possess a good attitude and friendly manner, have the ability to communicate and work well with others, must have the ability to work independently, be able to give attention to detail, be able to tolerate bending, stooping, sitting, standing, stretching, lifting, be able to use non-electric powered gardening tools, and successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.


Create Your Own Volunteer Assignment
Do you have unique skills, talents, and/or a creative side that you can offer in a volunteer position at Morrisson-Reeves Library? Some possible skills that could be utilized are creative writing, arts and crafts, reading to children, technology, visual arts, literary arts, performing arts – music, theatre, dance, film, special event planning, etc. We would love to hear your ideas! If you are interested in sharing how you may bring your unique skills and talents to MRL in a volunteer position, you must have a commitment to serving others, possess a good attitude and friendly manner, have the ability to communicate and work well with diverse groups, have a desire to share your special skills and/or talents with others, and successfully complete all requirements for volunteer service placement at MRL including, but not limited to, volunteer application, criminal history and background checks, etc.


Volunteer Basic Requirements

  • Must be dependable and reliable.
  • Must take direction and work independently.
  • Must communicate effectively and work well with others.
  • Must give attention to detail.
  • Must be able to tolerate repetitive motions, bending, reaching, stooping, sitting, and standing
    for long periods when necessary.
  • Must be 14 years of age or older. Age requirements may vary for particular assignments based
    on age-appropriateness or skills required for the position.
  • Must have successfully completed the volunteer application process including, but not limited
    to, completion of a volunteer application, successful criminal history checks, etc.

Volunteer Services at MRL



Contact
Laura Kehlenbrink, SPHR

Email:
kehlenbrink@mrlinfo.org

Phone:
765-966-8291 ext. 130

Mail:
Laura Kehlenbrink, SPHR
Morrisson-Reeves Library
80 North 6th Street
Richmond, IN 47374

 

 

 



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