Love Your Library
There are many reasons to volunteer your time and talent, and for those who love libraries, Friends of the Library groups need eager, passionate and committed volunteers. Through Community Volunteer Connections, we can help you find those fulfilling opportunities with Friends of the Libraries.
Why volunteer for a Friends of the Library group? At Community Volunteer Connections, we know Libraries are an important part of our local communities, as they are the cornerstones of community health, social connectedness and knowledge. There are more than 3,100 public libraries in Canada, and many of them have opportunities for volunteers in their communities. In fact, we have these opportunities within our local libraries right here in the Tri-Cities.
Where else in your city can you find a public space that provides public programs to such a wide range of age groups, and social backgrounds? There are so many different interests in use of the public library!
What do Friends of the Library Volunteers do?
A library flourishes when it has support in the community, both literally and financially. This is where the Friends of the Library groups are so important to their local public libraries. The Friends of the Library groups are stand alone organizations that work in supporting the Public Libraries through advocacy and fundraising.
Your volunteer work with the Friends of the Libraries helps advocate for all the exceptional library programs, such as:
- Children’s story hours
- Teen reading buddies
- Streaming platforms
- Newcomer programs
- STEAM Playground (Terry Fox Public Library!)
- Senior’s outreach
- Mobile library
- 3D Printing Station (Coquitlam Public Library!)
- Computer literacy & skill development
- Virtual Reality games and technology toys
- Book Clubs
- Job seeking help
- Tech Toys
- English language practice groups
- Virtual Cooking classes
- Free access to Ancestry.com (Terry Fox and Coquitlam Public Library!)
Your volunteer fundraising activities help the public libraries by providing money to buy non-budgetary items. Here are a few examples of fundraising activities held by various Friends of the Library groups:
- Book sales
- Book sale preview events for VIPS
- Trivia nights
- Spelling Bees
- Silent auctions
- Birthday books
- Literary baskets
- Music in the library events
- Book-themed parties
- Scavenger hunts
- Golf tournaments
- Art receptions
- Stalls at local Farmers Markets
- Bottle drives
- And many, many more creative ideas
What ideas can you imagine to help raise funds for your local public library?
Funds raised by Friends of the Library are used for?
They’re used for any number of non-budgetary needs of the libraries. Each library has its own specific goals and needs.
Here are examples of what funding Friends of the Library groups provide for special programs and initiatives:
- Mobile libraries
- Equipment for the visually impaired
- ESL learning books for newcomers
- Book club sets
- STEM learning programs and equipment
- 3D printers
- Summer reading clubs
- Writers’ festivals
- Comfy reading rugs
- Speaker series
- And many other diverse non-budget needs of the library
The Covid Pandemic and Friends of the Library Volunteers?
Community Volunteer Connections knows that at the moment, some have been holding virtual zoom meetings for its executive and membership. Most, understandably, have cancelled events and activities.
As Kim Constable, Manager of the Terry Fox Public Library (FVRL) states:
“The Friends have not been meeting during the pandemic, but, as the situation evolves, we are certainly looking forward to getting back together once it’s safe and possible to do so! This will be in keeping with Provincial Health Orders as well as FVRL’s Covid-19 Safety Plan.”
The libraries have been keeping their Friends of the Library groups updated regularly with changes to library services and upcoming virtual programs of interest. Plans are now taking form for when the Friends of the Libraries become more active. Here at Community Volunteer Connections, we will know when the volunteer opportunities open up. Stay tuned to our Community Volunteer Connections website and newsletters for those volunteer opportunities. See our contact information below.
How do I volunteer for a Friends of the Library Group?
After reading about the amazing, critical, and supportive work that the Friends of the Libraries do, you may ask yourself “how do I volunteer with a Friends of the Library group?” You may even sign up your friends and family to volunteer with you!
If you wish to sign up now to register with the Friends of the Library groups, please contact them directly here:
- Friends of the Library for Terry Fox Public Library (Port Coquitlam), part of the Fraser Valley Regional Library System https://www.fvrl.bc.ca/friends_of_the_library.php
- Friends of the Library for the Coquitlam Public Libraries is currently holding frequent zoom meetings https://www.coqlibrary.ca/about/friends
You may now also sign up for the Community Volunteer Connections newsletter, Volunteer Voice, for opportunities. Once the Friends activities and event volunteer opportunities become active again, you’ll find information about the Friends of the Library volunteer opportunities, who they’re best suited for, and how to apply. Please contact us here to receive our Volunteer Voice newsletter. You'll find other charitable organization's volunteer opportunities as well!
- Our website https://volunteerconnections.ca/
- Sign up for our weekly newsletter which sends you a variety of current volunteer opportunities https://volunteerconnections.ca/add-me-to-your-list/
- Contact Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org