Teach your Child Volunteerism by Example

Do your children enjoy visits to our cozy little community-based library?  Our volunteer roster is in need of some bolstering, particularly as we head into the holidays.  We have a dedicated group of “regulars” who keep the ACL chugging, but many hands make for light work in a 100% volunteer-run library.  If YOUR family can spare an hour or two a month, it will liberate some of our other volunteers and keep our library going strong.  ACL volunteer Cecelia Kwartler recently shared her thoughts on family volunteering at the library:

There are so few opportunities to volunteer with your children.  The Auburndale Community Library is one of those few.  When one of our volunteers recently asked her 6 year old what was he most proud of himself for, he answered without hesitation “volunteering at the library”.  Here’s why this works so well:

  1. Your child gets an official volunteer name tag.
  2. There are always two adults on staff at all times.
  3. The library is only two rooms, so it’s easy to keep an eye on your child.
  4. Kid-friendly duties include cleaning the children’s room, shelving books, reading to smaller children.
  5. Your child stumbles upon books – we never leave a shift without four or five books each!
  6. It’s an inter-generational experience since volunteers range in age from 5 to 85.
  7. It’s extremely low stress and very quiet.
  8. Shifts are short — either 1 or 2 hours.
  9. No regular commitment required — sign up once a week, once a month, or whatever works for your schedule.
  10. And the most important reason to volunteer — is that this wonderful 100% volunteer-staffed resource is kept open for the community to get books, community meetings, clubs for kids and more!

Please contact Susan and Dana at volunteers@auburndalelibrary.org  if you are interested in learning more about how to be a volunteer, with or without your child!

By auburndalecommunitylibrary

The Auburndale Community Library is a non-profit community library staffed by volunteers and funded 100% by donations.

%d bloggers like this: