Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities at Scotch Plains Public Library

1.  As-needed volunteers
Interested people meeting the requirements stated below may apply at any time. Volunteers are accepted and trained when there is work needing to be done that meets their skills. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. They must be Scotch Plains residents and Scotch Plains Public Library cardholders in good standing. Summer volunteers must commit to working at least 10 hours total from the last week of June through August, at least two hours per week during the weeks they work. Volunteers are responsible for setting their hours with a librarian and showing up on time for those hours. If a volunteer cannot come in as scheduled, he or she is responsible for calling or emailing the library. Unless involved in an emergency, they should not rely on family members to do this: 908 322-5007 x204 [email protected] Volunteers who do not show up as scheduled and fail to contact the library will not be allowed to continue.

2. Volunteers working with job coaches
The library will consider accepting, on a case-by-case basis, volunteers who will report to work with a job coach or certified employment specialist from an accredited educational institution or agency. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. They must be Scotch Plains residents and Scotch Plains Public Library cardholders in good standing, or members of Scotch Plains Public Library’s Next Chapter Book Clubs.

3. Next Step Library Intern Program
This is a special volunteer opportunity open to a limited number of qualified applicants each year. It affords the opportunity to spend one morning or afternoon working at the library each week (2-3 hours). This program is intended for individuals who have trained at this library with a job coach or certified employment specialist, and are now preparing to volunteer on their own. (over) Applicants must: Be residents of Scotch Plains and Scotch Plains Public Library cardholders in good standing, or members in good standing of one of Scotch Plains Public Library’s Next Chapter Book Clubs. Have worked at this library with a job coach or certified employment specialist affiliated with a state-approved or state-licensed agency for at least six months before applying for Next Step. Have both the job coach’s and the librarian’s (Head of Adult Services) recommendation, based on the coach’s experience with the applicant, and the librarian’s observations, that the applicant can do the job that he/she has trained with the coach for, independently and with minimal assistance or supervision from the library staff. In addition, the applicant’s demeanor must be appropriate to the library.

Next Step interns must bring needed skills and positive attitude to enrich the library, just as they will derive real-life job experience from their work here. An intern’s participation can be curtailed at any time at the determination of the Library Director or Head of Adult Services. Reasons for such action include, but are not limited to, inability to work independently to the degree required for the task, inappropriate behavior that continues after discussion with the intern, excessive absences that adversely affect the completion of assigned work, and neglecting to call to report absences.