Palatine Public Library District Volunteer Program

The mission of the Palatine Public Library District’s volunteer program is to provide suitable opportunities for volunteers to assist staff and patrons in order to enrich patrons’ experiences while enhancing the relationship between the Library and the community. 

Volunteers must be a valid Palatine Public Library District cardholder.  Volunteers ages 16 and older may apply to become an Ongoing, Special Projects or Short Term Volunteer.  Youths ages 11-15 may only apply for Youth Programs and Special Projects volunteer opportunities.  Policy 8-12 of Policy 8 - Community Relations provides further information regarding the volunteer program and requirements to become a volunteer. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

The Library has a variety of volunteer opportunities:

  • Ongoing Volunteers commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week or volunteer as scheduled by staff,
  • Special Project Volunteers assist staff completing special projects or events,
  • Short Term Volunteers (3 months or less) are those seeking to fulfill volunteer requirements for school or other organizations and must be required to serve a minimum of 15 hours, and
  • Youth Programs and Special Projects are volunteer opportunities especially for youths between the ages of 11 and 15.

Please note: The Palatine Public Library District is unable to accept court-ordered or court-supervised community service.

There are currently openings for:

Ongoing Volunteers:

ESL Conversation Group Volunteers:  Do you like meeting and interacting with people from all over the world?  Assist others with their spoken English in our ESL Conversation Group which meets twice a month starting in September, 2015.  There will be an August training session.  Please contact Barb Royce at (847) 358-5881, x 166 for further information.

Early Literacy Center Volunteer - Help staff maintain the Early Literacy Center by organizing games and toys, cleaning toys and any other assigned task.  Weekday morning or early afternoon available.

Crafternoon Volunteers -  Are you “crafty”? We want you!  We are seeking volunteers age 21 and over to periodically help with our evening and weekend craft programs.  Friday morning help is also needed.  If you are interested, please call Phil Skeltis at 847-358-5881 x 164 for further information.

Adult Program Volunteer - Volunteers age 21 and over are needed to assist Library staff and adult program presenters with set-up, distributing and collecting surveys and general help as needed.  Must be available evenings and weekends.  Volunteers sign up for programs monthly so this is a very flexible volunteer opportunity.  Please contact Phil Skeltis at 847-358-5881 x 164 for further information.

Special Project Volunteers:

There are currently no Special Project Volunteer opportunties available at this time.

Short Term Volunteers:

There are currently no Short Term Volunteer opportunities available at this time.

Youth Programs and Special Projects:

There are currently no Youth Programs and Special Projects Volunteer opportunities available at this time.

How to Apply

It’s easy! Volunteer applications are available at the Welcome Desk at the main library and at each of the Library’s branches, or you can download the form. Please remember to indicate the volunteer opportunity you are interested in on the application.

Return completed applications to the Welcome Desk or mail to:

Volunteer Coordinator

Palatine Public Library District

700 N. North Court

Palatine, IL 60067

Once you’ve turned in your application, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator.  For further information, please contact Deborah Pettersen at dpettersen [at] palatinelibrary [dot] org (subject: Volunteer%20Program)

Additional Youth and Teen Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to the Palatine Public Library District Volunteer Program, the Library has a Teen Advisory Board (TAB).  This program is through our Popular Materials Department and has a separate application.  The Teen Advisory Board meets monthly during the school year.  Additional information regarding the Teen Advisory Board can be found on the Teen Advisory Board page. Applications for the Teen Advisory Board are available in July/August each year.

Please watch your Palatine Public Library District Newsletter for information regarding when applications are accepted for this program.

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