Volunteer at the Library

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Volunteer Profile

Peggy D. helps out in the children's room for several hours every Wednesday. She has been a dedicated library volunteer since she retired almost 20 years ago, when she was drawn to our volunteer program because of her lifelong love of books and reading and the flexibility of her volunteer schedule.
"I just love it, and
it's so much fun."
— Peggy D.

Discover the Possibilities as a Library Volunteer

Whether you seek a basic and routine assignment or a long-term commitment requiring extensive training, there's a way you can help your library. Opportunities range from putting away books and preparing craft projects to tutoring adults in basic reading and facilitating conversation groups for new English speakers.

Facilitate an English Conversation Group

Would you like to:
  • work with people from other cultures and countries?
  • help limited English speakers connect with their new community?
  • learn techniques and activities to help adults speak English more fluently?

Talk TimeIf your answers are YES, consider becoming a volunteer facilitator for the Library's English Talk Time program for ESOL adults. Talk Time is not an English class; it is an opportunity for adults learning English to practice what they already know. Volunteers work and train with an experienced ESOL specialist and then facilitate their own Talk Time group at a time and place convenient for them. For more information, please email Molly at quenglishtalk@ocln.org or call 617-376-3295.


English Talk Time Coordinator Molly Makrogianis discusses the library's Talk Time program in this video interview:



Help the Friends of the Library

This non-profit volunteer organization raises money to pay for special library programs and raises public awareness of the library's vital role in the educational and cultural life of Quincy. Volunteers are always welcome to serve on committees, help in the Friends' bookstore, publish the quarterly Friends newsletter, recruit new members, and more. For more information about Friends of the Library volunteer opportunities, please email Friends Chair Diane Dopp.

Help With Basic Library Tasks

The library needs volunteers at both the main library and the branch libraries to help with tasks such as shelving books and other materials, reading shelves to keep materials in order, and processing materials. For more information, please email Gina at quvolunteer@ocln.org or call 617-376-1315.

Teach an Adult to Read

Literacy TutoringThe library's Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts - Quincy program provides one-on-one tutoring to adults in basic reading and writing. Volunteer tutors are trained and then matched with students at a time and place convenient for both. Tutor orientations and trainings are held twice each year.

Watch a short interview with Mary Diggle, coordinator of the library's Literacy Volunteer Program, to find out more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity. More questions? Email Mary at quliteracy@ocln.org or call 617-376-1314.

Read With a Child

Reading Roundup VolunteerHelp a child discover the joy of reading! Reading Roundup is a multigenerational program that brings together older adults and first and second graders for reading enjoyment and enrichment. From October to May each year (except for school vacations and holidays), adult volunteers meet each Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Adams Shore Branch. They are paired up with one or two students per session for a combination of reading to each other and fun.

"Fun" can be anything from playing a word game to doing a simple craft together. Many strong bonds form each year between the adults and the children, providing a rewarding volunteer experience. If you love books and enjoy children, this may be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. To find out more, contact Lori at quacirc@ocln.org or 617-376-1325.

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