Monday, April 28, 2008

Library honors its 'picture perfect' volunteers

Fauquier County Public Library is recognizing its volunteers at a reception sponsored by The Friends of the Fauquier Library in May. The theme of the reception, which is honoring volunteers of all ages from all three county libraries, illustrates how "picture perfect" library volunteers are.

The library's 265 volunteers donated 3,050 hours this past year doing a variety of tasks at the Warrenton, Bealeton, and John Marshall libraries.

Volunteers must be 13 or older and are asked to commit to six months of volunteering. Flexible hours are available Monday through Friday. Volunteer tasks include unpacking boxes of new library materials, covering and labeling books and other items as they are processed through the system, repairing materials when they become worn, and assisting with special programs, events and special projects.

Complete an online application or pick one up at any Faquier library. Questions? Call or e-mail Lynn Hawkins, (540) 349-1820, for information on these and other volunteer opportunities.

The Friends of the Fauquier Library also need volunteers to work at The Book Cellar, a used book store that is open every Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from The Book Cellar and other Friends fund-raisers help provide special library programs and cultural events for children and adults that would not be possible to present without its support.

Those interested in volunteering at The Book Cellar should call (540) 439-1939.

Teen volunteers needed this summer
Teen volunteers are needed at all Fauquier libraries this summer to help with the children’s summer reading program and other library projects. Applications are accepted through May 31. Print out application, complete and return to the library.
Volunteers must attend a training session prior to the start of the summer reading program, which begins June 14 and continues through Aug. 9. Staff will contact applicants to schedule the volunteer training. Applicants should be prepared to sign up for specific volunteer time slots when they attend the training session.

Some of the tasks teen volunteers will perform include assisting children and parents with summer reading program registration, keeping the registration table stocked and neat and tidy, assisting children and parents with entering the number of books read on the online book log, assisting with crafts and programs, and assisting library staff with clerical tasks.

Teens may call or e-mail for more information: Warrenton Library, Jennifer Schultz, (540) 349-1128; Bealeton Library, Natalie Swart, (540) 439-9728; John Marshall Library, Deborah Cosby, (540) 364-4910.