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Volunteer Opportunity: Garden Tool Lending Program
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Volunteer Opportunity: Garden Tool Lending Program

The Library will launch a Garden Tool Lending Program on Friday, Sept. 26. We’re looking for volunteers to help with two important tasks: Staff the Tool Library on Wednesday or Friday afternoons, or  Saturday mornings Clean, repair and maintain tools   Interested? Fill out a Volunteer Application.   You can also help by donating your gently used […]

What Volunteers Do: Get "Real World" Experience
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What Volunteers Do: Get “Real World” Experience

Arlington Library and Schools Partner for Senior Experience Washington-Lee High School seniors Kyle Chipman and Emma Troy spent the last three weeks of their high school career supporting a critical Library outreach activity – helping Central Library’s Youth Services librarians prepare for Summer Reading. Washington-Lee’s Senior Experience program encourages graduating teens to spend at least 75 hours […]

Donate Your Time, Gently Used Tools
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Donate Your Time, Gently Used Tools

In response to Arlington’s ever-growing passion for gardening, Central Library will be adding garden tools to its lending collection.  The Tool Library, opening soon, will be available on an annual basis from March to October: Wednesday 5 – 7 p.m. Friday 3 – 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join the volunteer team […]

What Volunteers Do: American Girl Doll Maintenance
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What Volunteers Do: American Girl Doll Maintenance

Keeping Dolls Healthy and Beautiful In March 2013, Library started an innovative program to make the library (and reading) more fun and accessible to young readers. The American Girl Lending Program has made American Girl doll kits available for 1-week checkout; each kit contains an American Girl historical doll, the associated “Meet [the doll]” book, […]

Central Seeks Year-Round Book Sale Volunteers
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Central Seeks Year-Round Book Sale Volunteers

Do you like browsing in used bookstores? Come share the joy! The Friends of the Arlington Public Library hold semi-annual book sales at Central Library to raise money to support a variety of Library activities, including the summer reading program for children and the community read, Arlington Reads. But preparing for the sales is a […]

What Volunteers Do: Film Presenters at Shirlington
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What Volunteers Do: Film Presenters at Shirlington

Interact with and Entertain Library Patrons Film Presenters screen movies at the different branches in the Arlington Library system. Mary Prisbrey, Shirlington librarian, described how this function is performed at her branch. Film Presenter at the Shirlington Branch Library Function: Selects and show movies Current number of volunteers: 2 Hours: Early evening, 2-3 hours Special […]

What Volunteers Do: Central Library Welcome Desk
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What Volunteers Do: Central Library Welcome Desk

Here to Help Central Library is the largest, the busiest, and with a plethora of special services, the most complex location in the Arlington Library system. Newcomers entering the building often need assistance to get them oriented and to enjoy the Library’s services. Volunteer Position: Welcome Desk at Central Library   Function: Greet patrons and […]

Lisa, Computer Help Desk Volunteer
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Lisa, Computer Help Desk Volunteer

An Awesome Person, and a Kindred Spirit Lisa has been a volunteer at the Central Library Computer Help Desk since 2010, where she enjoys spending time assisting patrons and empowering them with the knowledge to use library resources to their benefit. She says, “It makes my day when someone is genuinely thrilled by or thankful […]

Melanie Bartlett, Volunteer at Central and Westover
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Melanie Bartlett, Volunteer at Central and Westover

A Lover of Books Who Loves to Volunteer Melanie Bartlett has been volunteering at the Library since 2001. She currently spends her time with us at the Westover Branch Library and Central Library, and says that Library staff are so nice that it’s easy to want to come back each week. What’s your favorite thing […]

Shalma Akther, Youth Services and Computer Volunteer at Central
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Shalma Akther, Youth Services and Computer Volunteer at Central

Enthusiastic Teen Who Loves to Help Her Community Shalma will celebrate her first anniversary as a Library volunteer this winter – she’s been volunteering in Central Library’s Youth Services department since last March, 2012, and as a Cyber Center Help Desk assistant since last October. We asked Shalma a few questions about herself: What makes […]