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Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Volunteers provide an invaluable service to the librarians and the public. By shelving and caring for library materials, or sorting requested items destined for each of the 70 public libraries in Allegheny County, you free librarians to do collection development, reference work, program presentation and outreach. Without our volunteers we would have less time to work with the children, teens and adults, and our materials would not be as accessible for our customers.

New Volunteer Opportunities


Extravaganza Assistance

On June 8th, we'll be having our 14th annual Summer Reading Extravaganza which is a free, family-friendly festival to celebrate the library, reading, and learning over the course of the summer (More info is available at http://www.carnegielibrary.org/summer/extravaganza/). This event takes place at the Main library branch in Oakland, and will have components inside and outside.

On the day of Extravaganza, we'll be mobilizing over 100 volunteers to help out. Volunteers will be used to staff various tents at the event, including helping with Summer Reading Registration, handing out water and food, greeting visitors and directing traffic, and so on.

Volunteers can sign up for any of these shifts:

  • 9:30 a.m. - 11: 45 am (Set up)
  • 11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.
  • 4:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (wrap up/clean up)

If you are interested, please e-mail volunteers@carnegielibrary.org shift(s) you'd like to take. (Please make sure Extravaganza is the subject line). Closer to the date of Extravaganza, we'll send an e-mail out with more specific instructions about where volunteers should check in.

Library Support Volunteers

Location: CLP-Main (Oakland)

Job Description:
Help support the library by performing tasks such as data entry, clerical support, and other special projects!

Hours:
We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week during daylight hours (9:00 - 5:00 p.m. on weekdays)

Responsibilities:
On the day of Extravaganza, we'll be mobilizing over 100 volunteers to help out. Volunteers will be used to staff various tents at the event, including helping with Summer Reading Registration, handing out water and food, greeting visitors and directing traffic, and so on.

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Must be comfortable using Microsoft Office
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week
  • Minimum age: 18

Farmers Market Outreach

Location: CLP-Main (Oakland)

Job Description:
Love the library and can't wait to show it? Help spread the word by volunteering with our Farmers Market outreach team. Volunteers will be helping staff engage with Oakland Farmers Market attendees, answer questions about the library, and sell books, DVDs, and CDs as a library fundraiser.

Hours:

  • Fridays, June 6 - October 24
  • 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Minimum age: 18

Relabeling and Shelf Maintenance

Location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main - First Floor and Mezzanine

Job Description:
This task is very important to the sustainability and continuity of CLP material. Volunteers are needed to remove books from a shelf, and for each book:
Check for damage, the yellow CLP MAIN label, the "Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh" barcode, and Return book on the shelf in proper order.

Great project for individuals and groups of up to 6 volunteers.

The Labs @CLP - Teen Learning Lab Program Volunteer Mentors

Location: CLP-Main (Oakland)

Job Description:

The Labs @ CLP engages teens (ages 12-17) in creating content using digital and traditional means in a library setting and during outreach to local schools and community centers. Volunteer "mentors" will be asked to staff one of four Labs sites at neighborhood locations for drop-in programming, help with equipment, software, and teen projects as needed.

Hours:
Saturday afternoons, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Staff the Lab at CLP Main for drop-in programming;
  • Engage teens in person and through the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh teen website and various social media platforms;
  • Attend occasional meetings with Digital Learning Labs Staff to discuss programming logistics, best practices, and provide feedback;

Resequirements & Qualifications:

  • Desire to work with teens in an urban setting; previous experience preferred;
  • Experience teaching in an informal environment;
  • Background in at least two of the following: film-making, photography, musicianship, graphic design/digital art, and computer programming; maker crafts;
  • Proficient skills in creating digital media using at least two of the following (or comparable software): Adobe Creative Suite, iLife (GarageBand, iMovie, etc.), Final Cut, Scratch, Arduino, Java;
  • Obtain Clearances before the start of the program;
  • Commitment to volunteer 4 hours per week for at least six months;

Career Assistant - Main

Location: Job & Career Education Center at CLP-Main (Oakland)

Job Description:

Seeking volunteers with career counseling, human resources or related expertise to assist customers develop resumes, compose cover letters, complete online job applications and provide some career/job searching advice.

Hours:
Weekday afternoons, between 1:00 and 5:00 pm

This volunteer position is flexible. The volunteer will provide assistance by appointment. Appointments last approximately one hour.

Special Requirements:
Position requires a 6 month commitment.
Career counseling, human resources or related expertise

Career Assistant - Squirrel Hill

Location: Namm Business Center at CLP-Squirrel Hill

Job Description:
Hours:
Sun: 1pm-5pm
Mon: 10am-5pm
Tues-Thurs: 10am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 10am-5pm
This volunteer position is flexible.

The volunteer will provide career assistance by appointment (assist customers develop resumes, compose cover letters, and provide some career/job searching advice). Appointments last approximately one hour.

Special Requirements:
Seeking volunteers with career counseling, human resources or related expertise.

Position requires a 6 month commitment.

ESL Facilitator - Knoxville

Location: CLP - Knoxville

Job Description:
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Knoxville is looking for volunteers who can facilitate the Let's Speak English conversation hour. Let's Speak English is a conversation group for people who do not speak English as their native tongue. Joining the Let's Speak English group gives the opportunity to learn English through lively English conversation.

Special Requirements:
Volunteers candidates should preferably be ESL certified. However, volunteer candidates with ESL instruction experience but no certification will also be considered.

Teen Tutors - Knoxville

Location: CLP-Knoxville

Job Description:
There is no better place to study than the library; where every resource is at your fingertips! Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Knoxville needs volunteers to help tutor teens in the subjects of math, science and/or English, during Teen Study Hours.

Special Requirements:
Certified (or proficient in the subjects) to tutor in math, science and/ or English
Obtain the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance form (MANDATORY)
Obtain a current Criminal Record Check form (MANDATORY)

Wanted Skills/Abilities:
Oral and written communication skills
Ability to use various computer software (MS Word, Excel) and functions
Ability to cooperate as a part of a team but also have the ability to work independently
Ability to multitask and assist many teens at once

Book Shelf Maintenance - Children's at CLP-Main (Oakland)

Location: Children's Department at CLP-Main (Oakland)

Job Description:
Assist Children's staff to prepare library material for use by our customers: Children, Parents and Teachers.
TASKS INCLUDE: relabeling books, putting shelves in order, checking for lost and missing books, cleaning books, toys, library equipment etc.

Special Requirements:
Volunteers who may work with Children must have clearances.
Must be able to carry books that can weigh up to 5 lbs., stand, bend and walk for extended periods of time.

Book Shelf Maintenance - Downtown and Business

Location: Downtown and Business

Job Description:
Volunteers will assist staff to prepare library material for use by our customers.
TASKS INCLUDE: relabeling books, putting shelves in order, checking for lost and missing books, cleaning books, library equipment etc.

Special Requirements:
Must be able to carry books that can weigh up to 5 lbs., stand, bend and walk for extended periods of time.
We ask for a commitment of four months.

Foreign Language Instructors

Location: CLP-Main (Oakland)

Job Description:
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main in Oakland hosts various language classes, programs and conversation groups. If you are a native speaker of a language other than English, please consider volunteering to share your language with others. We ask for a commitment of four months this includes two sessions per month and preparation time.

Special Requirements:
Fluent in foreign language


Location: CLP-Squirrel Hill

Job Description:
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Squirrel Hill needs an assistant/backup instructor volunteer to help with their new French for Beginners class.

Special Requirements:
Fluent in French


Location: CLP-Squirrel Hill

Job Description:
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Squirrel Hill needs a volunteer instructor to teach Hebrew classes. Volunteer will create their own curriculum. Classes would go for four months starting in September 2014, and taught at least once a week.

Special Requirements:
Fluent in Hebrew

Booksale Stock Assistant

Location: CLP-Squirrel Hill

Job Description:
Help with stocking of ongoing library booksale shelf.

Special Requirements:
Minimum 6 hours a month required with a 6 month commitment requested.


* Most opportunities ask for a commitment of two to four hours each week for three to six months.

* Volunteers who may work with Children must have clearances. Clearances are background checks required for anyone who may come in contact with children. The volunteer is responsible for obtaining the clearances. For more information go to the Pennsylvania Department Public Welfare Child Abuse Clearance web site.

 

To Volunteer

Please fill out our online application form.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, it may take time for us to process your application. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

 

For other volunteering opportunities in the region, please visit Pittsburgh Cares website at http://www.pittsburghcares.org.