Volunteer Google Group

Join the volunteer discussion Google Group here for discussion, staffing and meetings updates, and to get the inside scoop on what library volunteers are working on.

Volunteer Meeting and Orientation

We meet on the 1st Wednesday of every month to catch up on all the goings on at the Read/Write Library and to acquaint new volunteers with the project. This is the perfect way to get up to speed on what we're working on in our programming, collection development, community outreach and cataloging. All are welcome!

Date: 1st Wednesday every month
6:30pm: new volunteer orientation
7-8pm: meeting and community open house — all are welcome, whether you're interested in volunteering or not! This is a great opportunity to learn more about Read/Write Library, our upcoming programs, ways to get involved, and meet volunteers and other community members.

Questions? Join the discussion list or email [email protected].

Current Volunteer Needs

We are always looking for volunteers. Interested in one of the following roles or just want to help out generally? Please fill out this form and tell us a little bit about yourself: please apply. All levels of experience and time commitment are welcome, we will provide training and support. Please consider joining us to work on any of the following:

Cataloging and Library Advisory. You don't need a library degree to catalog with us, only an interest in getting to know your city better, one book at a time. Come find out what our patented “Catalog Socials” are! (Ice cream a definite possibility, square dancing not required.) We constantly need help going through publications to determine things such as title, publisher, author, year, subject, contributors and cataloging manager Dave will help you out. If you do have an MLIS, we'd love your assistance with authority records, shelving strategies, and all kinds of other professional input.

Programming. Would you like to plan and organize workshops, readings, and lectures at the library? Help us organize creative and educational events both at the library in Humboldt Park and with our partners all over the city and suburbs.

Community Outreach and Collection Development. We don't claim to give anyone a voice — communities already have their own. We want to amplify these voices so that everyone's stories have a chance to shape our city. But in order to do that, we need to get the word out and build relationships and partnerships with other educational, cultural, arts, and community-based organizations. People who speak more than one language especially encouraged to get in touch.

Tech Team: Work on website content and library catalog development. Even if you don't have a lot of technology experience you can help out. We are in need of volunteers with some Drupal experience as well.

If you have a vehicle and would be willing to help with pick ups, please let us know.