Volunteers Needed – Book Sorting

Do you love books, delight in helping your community, and want to be on the “ground floor” when the new downtown library reopens next fall? If so, the Friends of the Madison Public Library would be glad to welcome you as a volunteer to help sort and store books. Our organization will have a bookstore in the new library, and will have occasional book sales to raise money to give the library for additional books, services, and programs. For these activities to be successful requires a crew of volunteers working “behind the scenes” to sort donated books and prepare them for sale in the store, or store them for other use. This volunteer opportunity would be ideal for an individual, two-person team, or for a small group from a service club. Ideally volunteers would work a regular shift each week, averaging two to three hours, but other arrangements are possible.

Volunteer book sorters must be able to get to the library, handle books, sort books by category, put books in boxes, and take the boxes to storage areas. On-the-job training will be provided, but after initial training the volunteer(s) must be able to carry out the tasks independently without on-site supervision.

While the downtown library is closed for remodeling the work of book sorting will be done at a temporary storage facility on Pennsylvania Avenue in Madison. The work will move back to the library at 201 W. Mifflin Street sometime in the summer of 2013.

To get on the list for training complete the Friends membership application at http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/sites/default/files/friends_form.pdf, and write “Book Sorting” in the Optional section.

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