Friday, April 10, 2009

Volunteers honored, teen volunteers needed

Fauquier County Public Library volunteers, who generously offer their time and talents to enrich and expand library services, will be honored at a reception sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library this month. The volunteers, who serve at all Fauquier libraries in a variety of capacities, will be saluted by library staff during the reception.

More than 200 volunteers of all ages donated nearly 4,100 hours doing a variety of tasks at Fauquier’s libraries last year. Library volunteers must be 13 or older and are asked to commit to six months of volunteering. Applications are available at all library locations or online. Call Lynn Hawkins, (540) 349-1820 for information on these and other volunteer opportunities.

Currently the Friends of the Fauquier Library also need volunteers who are 18 or older to work at The Book Cellar, a used book store featuring bargain basement prices.

Teen volunteers are needed to help with the children’s summer reading program, which begins June 20 and continues through Aug. 15. 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, assisting children and parents with entering the number of books they have read into the online book log, and helping with crafts and programs.

Many teens find volunteering at the library is a great way to gain work experience while fulfilling community service or service learning hours, a graduation requirement for many high schools. Others volunteer because they love reading and libraries or because they enjoy helping others.

Teen volunteer applications, available at all Fauquier libraries and online beginning April 13, will be accepted through May 16.

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