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Volunteer opportunities at the library

Published 11:38am Friday, December 2, 2011

Last week, I touched briefly on the volunteer opportunities available at the Fergus Falls Public Library. As library services and the number of people we serve continues to increase, we find ourselves relying more and more on our intrepid volunteers to help us continue to provide excellent customer service.

I would like to use this week’s column to invite interested community members to apply to be a library volunteer. “What’s in it for me?” you might ask. Well, there are many benefits to volunteering at the library. By becoming a library volunteer, you learn more about the library and its operations, you’ll also expand your general knowledge and skills, meet new people and contribute to your community. And it’s easy to apply.

Simply stop by the library to pick up an application or download one from our website: www.fergusfalls.lib.mn.us.

Library volunteers generally provide support services to staff, for example helping to get new books and DVDs ready to go out on the shelves. Volunteers also often assist staff with library programs like the Summer Reading Program for youth, or help complete special projects, like rearranging library collections or assisting with the annual Friends of the Library book sale.

Did you know? Teens can also volunteer at the library by joining the library’s teen advisory group: The Library NINJAS. The group meets twice a month on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30p.m. NINJAS help the library choose materials for the library’s teen collection, plan teen library programs, contribute to the library’s teen blog, and can also volunteer at the library.

And, yes, NINJAS is an acronym. Encourage a teen you know to come to the next meeting to learn more and find out what the name stands for! Visit the library’s teen blog at: http://ffplteens.tumblr.com/ for more library information for teens.

Thanks for reading and thanks considering becoming a library volunteer

See you at the library.

 

Erin Smith is the Library director at the Fergus Falls Public Library

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