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Working with Kids and Teens

R.E.A.D. Volunteer


Session runs from September to May

R.E.A.D. volunteers help one child (primary school age registered in at least grade 1) to discover the joy and confidence that being a reader brings. For one hour, once each week during the school year, our R.E.A.D. volunteers play board games, try out a new craft or experiment, tell jokes, write stories and read with their young partner.

WHO: Our volunteers love to read, enjoy children, share a sense of fun, creativity and good communication skills in English, and are patient and caring. Volunteers for this role must speak English fluently but many of our R.E.A.D. Volunteers speak a second language. We're looking for people who are organized, able to work independently, and have basic computer skills. Retirees, highschool students, young adults, adults and volunteers of all ages make great R.E.A.D. volunteers!

No teaching experience is necessary and training and resources are provided.

WHERE: Beacock Branch, Central Branch, Cherryhill Branch, East London Branch, Jalna Branch, and Sherwood Branch

WHEN: One hour weekly from September - May (minimum 7 month commitment)

  • Shifts are after school, early evenings, or Saturdays.
  • You choose the time and day that works best for you.
  • We can work around your planned time away for holidays.

Children's Activity Volunteer

Many of our programs and events for children and families rely on volunteers for support. Children's Activity Volunteers work with staff to welcome participants and show children how to play a game, complete an activity or enjoy a craft during a library program. Volunteers may also help count attendance, take tickets, set up and clean up and prepare materials in advance, depending on the program. Tell us your talents! We also look for volunteers with specific skills or experience with activities such as playing chess, jewellery making, Lego building, sewing, face painting and much more.

WHO: We're looking for people who are organized, able to work independently or on a team, and have basic computer skills. Our volunteers enjoy children, are enthusiastic and outgoing, friendly, patient, good at explaining tasks, organized, and like a fun and busy environment. Many of our Children's Activity Volunteers speak a second language in addition to English.

WHERE: Many library locations.

WHEN: Most activities take place on Saturdays during the school year or school P.A.Days. During the summer activities take place during the week in the morning or evenings and on Saturdays.

  • Most shifts require a one or two hour commitment.
  • Schedules are event based so volunteers can set their own schedule.
  • Depending on the location, weekly opportunities may be available.

Teen Advisory Council (TAC)

The Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) is an advisory group whose members help the Library develop a suite of services that will appeal to youth. This position offers youth from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to develop skills in leadership and civic engagement.

PURPOSE: This program was created to advise and/or assist Library staff to develop and promote services for youth at the Library. Teens who wish to become approved volunteers can earn hours towards their high school requirements by participating in the events that the TAC group creates.

WHO: Teens between the ages of 14 and 17 who are interesting in making their Library amazing.

WHERE: Central Branch downtown.

TIME COMMITMENT: 2-4 hours per month participating in meetings and activities, with additional participation at events as required.

  • Minimum commitment of 10 months.

Working with Adults

English Conversation Mentor, One-on-One


NEW: Sessions run October - June

It takes a lot of practice to feel confident speaking a new language. Our English Conversation Mentors provide support and encouragement to an adult who wants to practice their new English skills in a casual, social situation. The emphasis is on social conversation, not on teaching so our pairs talk about their families, food, London and whatever else they may have in common. Our volunteers find this program hugely rewarding and many new friendships have been made by the participants in this program.

WHO: Our Adult Volunteers are interested in and accepting of new cultures, are warm and friendly, and have good verbal and written communication skills. We're looking for people who are organized and have basic computer skills.

Volunteers for this role must speak English fluently and be over 18. No teaching experience is necessary.

WHERE: Beacock Branch, Central Branch, Masonville Branch, Jalna Branch, and Sherwood Branch

WHEN: One hour weekly minimum between October and June according to your schedule. Total 1 year commitment which includes training in August or September. You choose the time and day that works best for you. We can work around your planned time away for holidays.

Technology Tutor

Many of us have helped a parent or friend to set up an email account, download a file or fill out an online application form. Tech Tutors offer friendly assistance with basic computer tasks to people using our public computers.

WHO: Retirees, highschool students, young adults, adults and volunteers of all ages make great Tech Tutors. Our volunteers are very outgoing and friendly, confident, patient and good at explaining simple tasks to adults. Many of our Tech Tutors speak a second language in addition to English. Tech Tutors do not need to be experts, but should be very comfortable using a computer, email, social media and working online. Experience with "Gadgets" such as tablets and cell phones are a benefit.

WHERE: Beacock Branch, Bostwick Branch, Byron Branch, Carson Branch, Central Branch, Cherryhill Branch, East London Branch, Jalna Branch, Landon Branch, and Masonville Branch

WHEN: Two hour weekly shift daytime, evenings or Saturdays.

  • We have a great need for weekday, daytime volunteers.
  • We ask that volunteers can commit to a four (4) month schedule.

Ushers at Central Library, Wolf Hall Auditorium

Wolf Performance Hall at the Central Library regularly hosts films, concerts, lectures and community events. Volunteer Ushers get to enjoy these presentations while also helping people to and from their seats, ensuring safety guidelines are followed, greeting visitors, handing out programs and remaining in the Hall during a performance. Training is provided.

WHO: Our volunteers are outgoing, organized and confident and are comfortable helping people up and down stairs and standing for periods of time. Many of our Volunteer Ushers speak a second language in addition to English. Volunteers of all ages make great Volunteer Ushers.

WHERE: Central Branch downtown.

WHEN: Most performances take place on weekday evenings from 6pm to 9pm. Most shifts require a two or three hour commitment.

  • Schedules are event based so volunteers can set their own schedule.
  • Volunteers are requested to take a minimum of two shifts a month.

Adult Program Volunteer

Some of our programs and events for adults rely on volunteers for support. Adult Program Volunteers work with staff to welcome participants, they have a skills that they can share, and enjoy being social by nature. Volunteers may also help count attendance, take tickets, set up and clean up and prepare materials in advance, depending on the program. Tell us your talents! We also look for volunteers with specific skills or experience with activities such as knitting, jewellery making, sewing, paper crafts and much more.

WHO: Our volunteers enjoy working with others are enthusiastic, friendly, patient, good at explaining tasks, are organized, and like a fun and busy environment. Many of our volunteers speak a second language in addition to English.

WHERE: Many library locations.

WHEN: most activities take place during the week with daytime hours.

  • Most shifts require a one or two hour commitment.
  • Depending on the location, weekly opportunities may be available.

Gardeners

Many of our locations rely on volunteers to care for their gardens. Volunteers regularly water, weed, dig, mulch and prune, according to the needs of the garden.

WHO: Our volunteers work on their own and like to bend, lift and dig in the dirt. Prior home gardening experience is an asset.

WHERE: Byron Branch, Beacock Branch, Carson Branch, East London Branch, and Masonville Branch.

WHEN: Flexible schedule base on branch hours, all shifts must occur when Library is open.

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