Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless

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How do I become a volunteer?

  • Ask for a Volunteer Information Package, which includes the application, at the main floor information desk at the Library, or,
  • Download the Volunteer Application form and email or drop off to the attention of Kate Schillings
  • Questions? Contact Kate Schillings, Manager of Volunteer Services directly at 519-271-0220, ext. 122, or kschillings@stratfordcanada.ca

Current Openings

Project Smart Tech Tutors
We are looking for teens to mentor seniors on using their iPads. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain teaching and computer skills, while earning community involvement hours.
October Session: Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017, November Session: Thursdays, November 9, 16, 24, 30, 2017.
Volunteers can commit to one or both of the 4 week sessions.
Check out the Tech Tutor volunteer description. Please call  Steph at 519-271-0220 x123 or email spark@stratford.ca if you are interested. 

TAG Members
We have an exciting new opportunity to be part of a Teen Advisory Group (TAG).  This group will meet here in the library monthly come the fall.  This is a great chance to engage in the creation of and carrying out of teen programs both in and out of the library. Contact Kate right away if you are interested.

Please note:

Volunteer applications, while accepted at any time, are processed in the order in which they are received, and at the time that an opening occurs.

Have you been thinking about volunteering?

We invite you to share your time and talents with the Stratford Public Library in one or more of our rewarding volunteer opportunities.  In 2016, our library volunteers contribute over 2,300 hours in a variety of in-library duties, outreach programs, and special event programs.

Volunteer assignments at the library include:

In-Library (duties occurring daily, weekly, or monthly):

  • library collection maintenance, including:
    • shelf-reading
    • book mending
    • audio/video disc cleaning/resurfacing
  • administrative support, including:
    • community bulletin board maintenance
    • folding brochures
  • custodial support, including:
    • sorting/distributing recyclable materials
  • technology support
    • Tech Tutor services
  • literacy support
    • Reading Buddies

Library Programming/Events:

  • special events assistance
  • Children's program support
    • Summer Programs (July & August); at the library and select community locations
  • Teen/Tween programming
    • Examples; Code Club, Sew Simple
  • Adult programming
    • Examples; Book Off, New Neighbours Night, Let's Do It sessions

Library Outreach:

  • Home Delivery Service
    • delivering Library materials to patrons who cannot access the library in person

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