Thank you for considering volunteering your time and talent to the Brown County Library! Volunteers are important library partners who provide valuable support to the library in numerous ways. Volunteers should be flexible, dependable, have the ability to follow directions and work cooperatively as a team with other volunteers and library staff.
CHILDREN’S DEPARTMENT VOLUNTEER Help library staff maintain a clean and welcoming space for families and keep materials tidy and accessible: Clean toys and pick up play areas, do light housekeeping (dusting and wiping down tables), organize materials to be shelved, pull items needed to fill holds, and assist with database entry using Microsoft Excel.
CHILDREN’S PROGRAM VOLUNTEER Help library staff prepare for and implement educational programs for children: Prepare materials, help with setup/cleanup, assist library staff during programs, assist with crafts or activities, set up equipment or assist presenters, and wear costume characters.
BOOKMOBILE VOLUNTEER Help library staff maintain a welcoming Bookmobile by providing general assistance to customers during special events or community stops on an as needed basis: Greet customers and groups as they enter/exit and answer general questions. Prepare materials for programs, help with setup/cleanup, and assist children with projects.
CLERICAL VOLUNTEER Help library staff with organizing paper/digital files, organizing items for ongoing branch book sales, and completing other projects as needed: Assist with data entry using Microsoft Excel, organize and prepare materials for events, maintain community coupon box, remove out-of-date posters and signage, refill displays with brochures or informational materials, and sort and price books.
GARDEN VOLUNTEER Help library staff and Master Gardeners maintain garden spaces at library locations, including Central Library’s garden and Weyers-Hilliard Branch’s garden/flower plots, on a seasonal basis: Plant flowers and vegetables, water gardens, weed and maintain appearance of garden plots or flower beds, harvest fruits or vegetables when needed, and assist with garden programming.
GREETER Help library staff make the library a warm and welcoming space by providing general assistance to customers: Greet individuals and groups as they enter/exit the library, answer general questions and provide directions, alert staff to concerns with
facilities or customers, and help program attendees navigate the library during special events.
LIBRARY MATERIALS VOLUNTEER Help library staff keep library shelves clean, neat, and orderly: Ensure items are shelved in the proper order, straighten and dust shelves, remove stickers or labels from books, use library catalog to identify series that are missing volumes, pull items needed to fill holds, organize materials to be shelved, and shelve returned items.
LOCAL HISTORY VOLUNTEER Help library staff with projects that involve detailed work and need for accuracy by indexing, data entry, and proofreading. Assist with programs by collating, counting and organizing materials, performing setup/cleanup, and completing other tasks day of event.
PAWS FOR TALES VOLUNTEER Provide children with one-on-one, supportive reading experiences in which they read to the helper and the helper’s dog: Create environment to encourage a calm/controlled dog; encourage child to read, make up stories based on pictures, or read to the child as needed; and discourage outside interruptions. This specialized volunteer role includes additional requirements and training.
PROGRAM VOLUNTEER Help library staff on an as-needed basis prepare and implement programs designed for adults: Prepare materials, help with setup/cleanup, assist library staff during programs, assist with crafts or activities, and setup equipment or assist presenters.
Seasonal opportunities for teens
- Summer Reading Program – Opportunities for grades 6 and higher are typically posted in May.
- Downtown Green Bay Holiday Parade Walk alongside the library’s Bookmobile; distribute giveaways to parade-goers; carry a banner and more!
How to Apply to Become a Volunteer
Complete and submit an application and background check authorization (below). You will be contacted about available opportunities.
- Volunteer Application (.pdf)
- Background Check Authorization (.pdf) — Required for volunteers 18 and older
- Application for Teen Volunteer Opportunities at the Central Library(.pdf)
Return your application to the library:
MAIL TO: Brown County Library | ATTN: Volunteer Coordinator | 515 Pine Street | Green Bay, WI 54301
FAX: 920-448-4376 | ATTN: Volunteer Coordinator
OR: Drop off at your local library.
For additional volunteer opportunities in the area check out the following websites: