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Volunteers

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Newport Beach Public Library!

We offer a variety of service opportunities that enable you to give back to the library and community in a meaningful way. Please read through the descriptions below, and get started today! We look forward to having you join our dynamic group volunteers.

 


Literacy

The Mission of Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy is to develop the literacy skills of adults to empower them to achieve greater success in their lives - at home, at work and in the community.

Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy employs two part-time staff. There are many ways that volunteers can get involved including: tutoring, assessing, event development, and being involved in the advisory board.  

Volunteer Tutors

  • Requirements and Commitment: Have the desire to help somebody else achieve their goal, be at least 24 years of age, complete the 20-minute online tutor orientation and two 3-hour group trainings. There are additional tutor meetings throughout the year to keep skills sharp.
  • Schedule and Attendance: Meet with your learner for a minimum of 1 hour per week for 1 year, and participate in at least 2 tutor meetings or trainings per year.
  • Job Description: Working with learners on a one-on-one basis to help them achieve literacy goals.  Meet weekly, complete and submit reports as requested.

Click here to find out more about how to become a Volunteer Tutor.

Volunteer Assessors

All new adult learners must be assessed before starting the program.  The assessment consists of a series of evaluations which should take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete. Assessments are scheduled based only on your availability and is not a weekly commitment.

  • Requirements and Commitment: Have the desire to help somebody else achieve their goal, be at least 24 years of age, complete 2 hour, in-person training
  • Schedule and Attendance: Meet with new, incoming learners as needed
  • Job Description: Working with learners on a one-on-one basis to determine their fit in the program and to recommend classes for them to attend.  Write a report that introduces the new learner to the waiting tutor.

 Advisory Board

Our board is integral in keeping the program, and the issue of literacy, as a talking point in our community.

  • Requirements and Commitment: Have the desire to help shape the adult literacy program. Attend all board meetings (meeting the 2nd Tuesday evening of each odd month), participate actively in committee work, and participate in outreach and fundraising efforts.
  • Schedule and Attendance: Meetings are Tuesday evenings 6 times/year. There are several other events throughout the year that board attendance is requested.
  • Job Description:

-Attend all board meetings (board meets 2nd Tuesday of every odd number month i.e. Jan, March, May, etc.)  

-Have a thorough knowledge of the organization and a personal commitment to its goals and objectives

-Participate actively in committee work

-Volunteer for and accept assignments, completing them thoroughly and on time

-Stay informed about organizational matters, prepare for meetings, and review and comment on   minutes and reports

-Get to know other board members and build a collegial working relationship

-Participant in annual evaluation and planning efforts

-Participate in fund raising for the organization and personally support organization’s annual fundraising-campaign

If you have any questions, please contact Literacy Services at literacy@newportbeachca.gov


Library

Adults 18 and older are invited to volunteer at the Central Library to assist with shelving, technical processing or the Homebound Program. Volunteer spots are limited and vary depending on library needs and availability.

Volunteers must commit to 20 hours of service per year and must attend volunteer training before starting their assignment. All volunteers are required to complete fingerprinting and a background check. Submitting an application does not guarantee placement into the program.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served and as needed basis.

Shelving Volunteer

  • Requirements and Commitment: In addition to the guidelines listed above, must complete a training and shelving test.
  • Schedule and Attendance: Shift time and schedule will be agreed upon between Site Supervisor and Volunteer. Shift times must occur during regular library hours.
  • Job Description: Sorting and shelving of library materials which requires, alphabetizing, arranging items in numerical order and recognizing and separating items that belong to different call number categories such as fiction, nonfiction, mystery, DVD and BOCD, etc. Shelving requires that volunteers are able to push and pull material carts that are often heavy. Must be able to bend, retrieve and place books on lower shelves.

Technical Processing Volunteer

  • Requirements and Commitment: In addition to the guidelines listed above, must participate in a Technical Processing Volunteer Training.
  • Schedule and Attendance: Shifts can be scheduled Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm. Schedule will be agreed upon between Site Supervisor and Volunteer.
  • Job Description: Possible assignments may include processing, mending, labeling and cataloging materials.

Homebound Program Volunteer

  •  Requirements and Commitment: In addition to the guidelines listed above, must have reliable transportation and participate in a Homebound Volunteer Training.
  • Schedule and Attendance: Deliver books on a once a month basis for one year. Delivery arrangements are coordinated between Homebound Volunteer, Volunteer Coordinator and Homebound Customer.
  • Job Description: You will generally provide one to two hours of service each month. You will contact the Homebound customer to make delivery arrangements. After delivering the new items to the customer, you will return the previous month’s items to the library for check-in.

Click here to submit an Adult Volunteer Application

If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at ndallstream@newportbeachca.gov.

 


Friends of the Library

Bookstore

The Friends operate a used bookstore in the Central Library, manned by a volunteer staff of over 100
dedicated individuals. It is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Books donated by the public are sorted and priced, then sold in the store. Prices range from 50 cents to $100, but most books are sold for 50 cents to $3. Books of special value are offered for sale on the internet through Amazon or an auction house. In addition, books discarded by the library are sold at minimal prices in the store.

Triannual Book Sales

Every four months, on the first Friday and Saturday of February, June and October, books not sold in the store are placed for sale in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central Library. Friday sale day is for Members Only. All books remaining are sold by the bag on Saturday to the general public.

Volunteer at the bookstore or the booksale!

Contact the Friends of the Library at nblibfriend@gmail.com or (949) 759-9667 to learn more.


Teen Volunteers

The Newport Beach Public Library Children’s Department offers a variety of volunteer positions to provide young adults with an opportunity to learn valuable work-life skills and give back to their community. All youth volunteers must be in 7th through 12th grade and age 12 to 18 years old. Volunteer spots are limited and vary depending on library needs and availability. 

We encourage teen volunteers to complete their own application, submit it to the library, and take the leading role in communicating with the library staff.

Volunteers must commit to 20 hours of service per year and must attend volunteer training before starting their assignment.  All volunteers ages 14 and up are required to complete fingerprinting and a background check. Submitting an application does not guarantee placement into the program.

Book Reviewer

Do you enjoy reading and writing?  Become one of the library’s teen book reviewers and help other teens find out about books you love. You can be a volunteer at home! Must be able to write in a conversational way with minimal grammar and spelling errors.

Children’s Department Assistant

If you like a variety of work and being in the library, this volunteer job is for you.  One shift you might be helping with our Summer Reading Program and the next shift working on craft materials, you just never know, but it all helps here at the Library.

Must be 12-18 and in 7th through 12th grade.  Minimum commitment is 20 hours per year. Shifts are 1 to 2 hours weekly.

YAAC (Young Adult Advisory Council)

Make a difference. Join this enthusiastic team and participate in critical discussions and fun programs.

Must be 12-18, in 7th through 12th grade and live in Newport Beach. Minimum commitment is 20 hours of volunteer work per year in addition to the monthly meeting.

 

To apply for Teen Volunteer opportunities, fill out the online Teen Volunteer application.  Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served and as needed basis.

If you have any questions, please contact our Teen Services team at teenservices@newportbeachca.gov.