North Central Library - Unpaid Volunteer
Ham Lake, MN 
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Job Description
Job Posting End Date: July 8, 2024 at 11:59pm CST

The library utilizes volunteers in a number of ways to fulfill our mission to connect the community to ideas, information, and inspiration. From helping to keep materials neat and shelved to assisting patrons with technology to mentoring youth, there is a variety of options for volunteering and gaining experience at the library.

Position Description

This is an unpaid volunteer position. Interviews will take place as applications are received for those selected to move forward in the screening process based on current library needs.

There are four main volunteer roles available for those looking for a recurring volunteer experience at the library. See the Job Duties and Responsibilities section of this application for tasks associated with each role.

  • Reading Mentors (open to volunteers ages 15+)

  • Technology Assistants (open to volunteers ages 15+)

  • Materials Assistants (open to volunteers ages 12+)

  • Summer Volunteens (open to volunteers ages 12-18)

All roles require a minimum commitment of 3 months with typical shifts of 1-2 hours per week.

  • If you are an adult looking to volunteer for one-time events throughout the year, please contact the Friends of the Anoka County Library. The Friends are an all-volunteer nonprofit group that raise funds and increase awareness of the library. They hold 3 book sales throughout the year (January, May, October) and assist library staff with programs and outreach events in the community on an as-needed basis.

  • If you are a teen looking for 5 hours or less to complete a school requirement or a one-time service event, please visit our Service Programs Calendar to sign up for individual service programs.

Work Location

North Central branch located at 17565 Central Ave NE, Ham Lake, MN 55304

Job Duties and Responsibilities
These examples are not all-inclusive and are intended to be illustrative of the primary responsibilities of an Anoka County Library Volunteer.

Reading Mentor Duties:

  • Meet with your assigned student at the library each week at the same day and time during after-school hours for the Reading Bridge season (fall, winter, summer)

  • Lead a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grader in weekly 45-minute sessions including reading aloud to the student, having the student read aloud, playing games and doing activities designed to build literacy skills, choosing books to read together and checkout for reading at home, and setting goals for the week to come.

  • Reading Mentors must complete an online training and a short in-person orientation at the library before mentoring.

  • To learn more about the Reading Bridge program, visit our website here.

Technology Assistant Duties:

  • Assist patrons with using the printer, making copies, and scanning documents to their email

  • Help patrons browse the internet

  • Guide patrons in navigating websites and filling out online forms

  • Help patrons with digital tools like setting up an email account, using the library's online catalog to place holds on items, downloading and using the library's eBooks app, etc.

Materials Assistant Duties:

  • Keep assigned parts of the collection neat and in order

  • Put carts of items in proper alphabetic/numerical order so they can be returned to shelves

  • Stamping, sorting, counting, or cleaning (including dusting & wiping down books and materials)

  • Pulling items from shelves to fill hold requests

Summer Volunteen Duties:

  • Tell patrons about the summer reading program and assist them in downloading the Beanstack Tracker app

  • Assist library staff in preparations, set up, and clean up for programs and events

  • Research and implement ideas for crafts, escape rooms, STEM events, and other programs

  • Assist with keeping materials shelved, in order, and tidy, pull items to fill hold requests, etc.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed

  • Successfully pass a criminal and driver's license background check.

Selection Process

It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. A submitted application is also used to verify the answers to any supplemental questions.

Pre-employment Requirements

Anoka County has determined that successfully passing a pre-employment criminal/driving background check may be necessary for certain positions. Applicants may be required to sign an informed consent form allowing the County to obtain to conduct such screenings and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.

About Anoka County

As the fourth largest county in Minnesota, we depend on the diversity, dedication, determination, and innovation of our employees. We offer a wide range of career opportunities for people with a variety of personalities, abilities, knowledge, and life experiences who can come together for the single purpose of serving Anoka County's 369,000 citizens in a respectful, innovative, and fiscally responsible manner. If your career aspirations resonate with our mission, we invite you to Find Your Path with Anoka County! Hear from other Anoka County employees here.

Commitment to Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employment

Anoka County is committed to the principles of our Affirmative Action Plan and Equal Employment Opportunity. It is the policy of Anoka County to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, marital status, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, physical ability, sexual orientation, or age except where such status is a bona fide occupational qualification. It is the policy of Anoka County to make employment decisions in a manner that will further our Affirmative Action Plan and Equal Employment Opportunity.

If you require accommodations or have any other questions regarding this job posting, please call the Anoka County Human Resources Department at 763-324-4300 and reference the posting title and number. If you have questions about the hiring process, please visit: http://www.anokacountymn.gov/er-faq

Anoka County is an Equal Opportunity Employer, please see our EEO policy: https://www.anokacounty.us/401/Diversity-EEO


Anoka County is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the policy of Anoka County to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, or age except where such status is a bona fide occupational qualification. It is the policy of Anoka County to make employment decisions in a manner which will further the principles of equal employment opportunity.

 

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