Library volunteers play an important role as partners in the Library's mission of connecting people to the world of ideas and information.
Volunteers are welcome at the Main Library, in administrative departments, and at branches to assist staff by providing services that support library activity. We have a number of rewarding opportunities for volunteers including supporting children and teen programming, assisting with patron holds, keeping our collections in order, assisting with clerical work, helping patrons with technology, rewarding participants in the Summer Reading Program, and several other specialized roles.
Please fill out the volunteer application located here and return it to your local library!
Contact us for more information and opportunities.
Summer Reading Program Aide
Job Type: Part-time/temporary
Join Ozark Regional Library for a fast-paced, fun-packed summer! The Summer Reading aide plays an integral part in implementing our reading challenge and summer programming for youth. Our highest priorities for Summer Reading are 1) to offer high-quality programming with an emphasis on literacy 2) to present opportunities for family engagement and exploration 3) to foster a lifelong love of reading and 4) to prevent the summer slide.
The Summer Reading aide will have the opportunity to gain work experience with children of all ages during our busy summer season. Opportunities include event implementation and possibly some supervision of teen volunteers. The internship will provide an opportunity to develop practical experience in planning and implementing children's programming and to build leadership and creative problem-solving skills.
The Summer Reading program will span May 31st-July 29th, an 9-week program; however, the Summer Reading aide will need to be available one week before the launch of our program to help with preparation and one week after for compiling statistics. The aide will be expected to work an average of approximately 20 hrs. per week, primarily in the mornings and afternoons. Candidates will need to be available to work a flexible schedule, depending on programming needs.
Routine Job Duties/Responsibilities
- Will be based in Ironton but must be able to travel to all ORL branch locations
- Promote and explain the Summer Reading program to youth and caregivers, as well as assisting in the sign-up and/ or prize collection process
- Be comfortable working with children
- Keep accurate statistical records
- Maintain excellent communication skills
- As part of the youth programming team, participate in fast-paced schedule of special event preparation, set-up, execution, and clean up for participants ranging from birth – 17 years of age.
- Must be reliable during program duration
- Perform other tasks as needed
- As summer progresses, opportunities for greater responsibility may occur
We prefer candidates with some college education but will consider high school applicants. Must have a valid Missouri driver's license.
- Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced environment that often includes managing multiple projects and capable of handling interruptions. Able to prioritize and organize.
- Demonstrates knowledge of child development and trends in programming and education.
- Able to think creatively and innovate.
- Must be tolerant of ambiguity and adaptable to change.
- Willing to learn new skills and teach others.
- Able to function effectively as part of a team, and to work independently on projects.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, and able to effectively use computers.
- Demonstrates a high level of professionalism and dependability.
- Must be dedicated to literacy, education, and providing service to a diverse community of library users.
- Flexible and open to planning and implementing in-person or Zoom or other virtual programming.
- Experience using Zoom or other virtual platforms, preferably in a professional setting.
Note: Schedule may vary depending on program needs.
- Primary Availability wanted: Morning/Afternoon
- Some evening hours may be available as well
- Depending on programming, some weekend hours may be required.
The Summer Reading aide may have to spend long hours standing and walking. Some activities will require stooping, lifting, pushing and pulling (up to 50 lbs.) and the aide may have to spend some time outside for activities.
There is one (1) opening available for the Summer 2022 internship. Applicants selected will be invited to participate in the interview process. Interviews will be held during the last week in April and first week in May. No exceptions or extensions will be granted to the interview process.
Applications due by Saturday, April 30.