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The Dayton Metro Library welcomes your time and talents! There are a number of volunteer opportunities available, and we will accommodate your preferences for location and hours as much as possible.

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Volunteer Opportunities:


This event assists the Friends of the Library with various duties. You will be notified about three weeks before the sale to schedule a convenient time. Sales are generally in April and October. Volunteers are needed to help assist the Friends of the Library with various duties from cleaning up, unpacking boxes, and more. You will be notified about three weeks before the sale to schedule a convenient time. Sales are generally in April and October. Learn more


Volunteers are required to assist computer trainers during computer classes and open computer labs. This includes set-up, assisting participants, and clean-up. A two to three hour a week commitment is required. Knowledge of computers is required. Most computer training sessions are conducted during regular operating hours. pdf icon tinyOpportunity Description


A great way to assist New Americans learn how to speak English is to volunteer as an English Practice Helper/Conversation Partner. This volunteer opportunity allows you to meet New Americans looking to learn the Basic English. Must have patience and enjoy working with others. pdf icon tinyOpportunity Description


Volunteers are needed to help with an assortment of daily tasks, including light cleaning, straightening, gardening, or other various activities depending upon the location need. pdf icon tinyOpportunity Description

Home Library Services Delivery Helper

This volunteer opportunity allows you to assist the Outreach Services Department in delivery library materials to those who are unable to come to a library location. Volunteers must be attentive to detail, and enjoy being out in the community. In addition, Volunteers must be prepared to work in seasonal elements and be able to lift up to 20lbs. pdf icon tinyOpportunity Description


Help a student to understand their homework assignments, develop literacy skills, and more. Volunteers will assist students for a designated amount of time. The volunteer will assist students of all K- 12 on various subject matters on a drop in basis. A semester commitment is desired for this volunteer opportunity. As a volunteer homework helper you will have the satisfaction of inspiring students to achieve their lifelong goals.
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As an official Dayton Metro Library Mascot, you will be a lovable extension of our Library family programs, special appearances, and other community events. While it takes responsibility, energy, and effort, it is also a ton of fun! The Library Mascot will be required to appear at Special Events. A Volunteer must meet the physical requirements/limitations of the Mascot costume by being between 5’2”-5’8” tall and weigh up to 185 pounds. In addition the Volunteer will be trained in the Mascot’s “signature moves”. Training will be provided and is required for this opportunity. pdf icon tinyOpportunity Description

Meal Program Helper

This volunteer opportunity is responsible for providing assistance to Library staff in conducting the Meal Program in conjunction with Dayton Public Schools. pdf icon tinyOpportunity Description


Welcome and provide direction to patrons as they enter locations. This volunteer position will be the first face a patron encounters when they come to the library. A two hour minimum shift commitment is required.
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Help with an adult, children’s, teen, and tween program. This includes set-up, crafts, and cleanup. Must enjoy working with others! A two to three hour a week commitment is required. Most programming is conducted during regular operating hours. pdf icon tinyOpourtunity Description


This volunteer opportunity allows you to serve as a mentor and Reading Buddy to a child in preschool through 3rd grade. The opportunity entails allowing a child to practice reading with a one-on-one volunteer. At the end of each reading segment or session you will ask the child to discuss and review what he or she has just read. This opportunity helps students with reading and comprehension skills. A specific time commitment is required for this volunteer opportunity. A mandatory training session is required for this volunteer opportunity. pdf icon tinyOpourtunity Description


Volunteer assistance is needed for Special/Episodic Events throughout the year. This can require set-up, maintaining a booth, and clean-up. Events may range from Party in the Park, Staff Day, and other festivals. Your name is added to a list of volunteers willing to be called a week or two in advance of each event. pdf icon tinyOpportunity Description

Teen Advisory Board Member

This volunteer opportunity makes suggestions on tween and teen programming and other future projects. The Teen Advisory Board meets monthly or quarterly at various locations. Occasional projects are assigned in assisting with the creation of programs or surveys. pdf icon tinyOpportunity Description


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