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VOLUNTEER

"How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world"
- Anne Frank

How do I become a volunteer?

  • Ask for a Volunteer Application at the main floor information desk at the Library, or,
  • Download the Volunteer Application and email or drop it off to the attention of Kate Schillings
  • Questions? Contact Kate Schillings, Coordinator of Volunteer Services directly at 519-271-0220, ext. 122, or kschillings@stratford.ca

Current Openings

General

  • Tech Tutor - While technology can really help us at times, at other times it can be a real headache! Tech Tutors help our customers get started with their ipads and eReaders, help adjust social media privacy settings, or even assist with tricky Excel formulas. If you have the skills and are looking to give back to your community, get in touch. [full position description]

Teens

  • Crafting for a Cause - Put your crafting skills to good use! Each month you'll get a kit that features a craft project for a local charity group. Craft with the kit ingredients and instructions in your own time at home, being sure to turn in your completed items before the next kit is released.
    • September 22 - Fleece-Tie Blankets for the Humane Society
    • October 20 - Acrylic Pour Canvases for Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
    • November 24 - Finger Knitted Scarves for Stratford House of Blessing
  • Fright Night Ghost Story - Do you like scary stories? Do you want to make people fear what goes bump in the night? Join us as a Fright Night Ghost Storyteller to gain volunteer hours while embracing the Halloween spirit! You will get to select (or write!) your own scary stories and learn to tell them in the creepiest ways. Then, you'll get to perform for a live outdoor crowd on October 21st at 7pm! 
  • Stratford Can See Your Voice - Do you have what it takes to trick people into thinking you are a good or bad singer? Use your performance talents for a local version of the show "I Can See Your Voice" while earning community service hours. You'll be embracing a character just like on the show before showing off your singing talent -- or lack of it! Good AND bad singers needed! 

We are always accepting volunteer applications. Please complete the application and contact Kate at kschillings@stratford.ca or 519-271-0220 ext. 122.

Have you been thinking about volunteering?

Share your time and talents with the Stratford Public Library in one or more of our rewarding volunteer assignments. 

We have assignments in a variety of areas, with a variety of time commitments.  Applications are accepted anytime and held for one year pending openings, so it’s always good to get yours in the mix. 

Volunteer assignments at the library include:

Weekly assignments:

  • library collection maintenance, including:
    • shelf-reading
    • book mending
    • audio/video collection maintenance
  • custodial support, including:
    • sorting/distributing recyclable materials
  •  technology support, including:
    • Tech Tutor Service

Programming Event support (weekly or episodic):

  • Children’s Programming:
    • Reading Buddies (4 eight week sessions per year)
    • Summer Programs (July/August):  at the library and select locations around Stratford
  • Teen Programming, for example:
    • Crafting for a Cause
  • Adult Programming, for example:
    • Let’s Do It Sessions
  • Makerspace Programming, for example:
    • Open Lab

​Library Outreach Services:

  • Visiting Library Service:
    • delivering library materials to patrons who cannot access the library in person

Orientation and training will ensure that your volunteer experience is productive, enjoyable, and rewarding.  Some positions require Background Checks, the cost of which will be reimbursed to you.

How do I get started?

  • ask for a Volunteer Application at the main circulation desk at the Library, or
  • click to download the Volunteer Application, and drop it off/send it to the attention of Kate Schillings
  • questions? Contact Kate Schillings at 271-0220, ext. 122, or by e-mail at kschillings@stratford.ca