The Friends team only exists because of dedicated volunteers from the community to help sort donated books, handle used book sales and get involved with numerous other activities that help raise money to finance projects that improve the local library.
If you think you might have interest in contributing a little time and your skills to the Friends, start by looking through the FAQs listed below and then contact us if you have more questions or would like to get started.
Q. Do you have to be a member of Friends to volunteer?
A. No. They are entirely separate. Some people prefer to support us with membership fees, some prefer to volunteer time, and some like to do both. It's up to you.
Q. How much time is expected from me if I volunteer?
A. We set the threshold low and then leave it up to you to determine if you want to do more. We like volunteers to commit a couple of hours per week. Of course, it's very flexible based on what other commitments (vacations, etc.) are going on in your life.
Q. Is volunteering just for retirees?
A. No. But, the fact is that most of our volunteers are retired because they're the ones with the time to commit. But, if you're still working inside or outside the home and would like to get involved, we would love to have you.
Q. What types of activities can I volunteer for and whom should I contact?
A. Here is a list of most of the volunteer activities. A list of Board members is provided below:
Book Sorting: Sort donated books by category and quality to determine if they are sold in the bookstore, at books sales or online. We provide new sorting volunteers several training sessions so they can learn how donations are processed.
Book Sales Events: Help set-up, clean-up, cashier or perform other functions to help make sales events successful.
Landscaping & Gardening: With the opening of "Friendship Park" in June 2024 on the grounds of the library, volunteers will be needed to assist the township in maintaining the gardens and other aspects off the park.
Marketing & Membership: Help publicize and support communications efforts to let various audiences know what the Friends are doing?
Q. Are you looking for certain skills or experience in volunteers?
A. Generally, no special skills or experience is required. Training is provided. However, we are always looking for volunteers with photography or social media skills.
President - Joe David
Vice-President - Denise Mahoney
Book Discussion - Linda Berra
Secretary - Sandy Cottingham
Treasurer - Linda David
Former President - Debbie Straub
Booked for Lunch - Jean Vander Laan
Membership - Judy & Mike Gillen
Marketing/Publicity - Open
Book Sales Events - Kathy Sullivan & Ellen Gray (Assistant)
Bookstore/Sorters - Marge Ohlman & Stephanie Doody (Asst)
Online Sales - Gail Rapp
Volunteer Coordination - Beth Van Over