Volunteer at Arapahoe Libraries

Volunteers make a remarkable contribution to Arapahoe Libraries. In 2017 alone, volunteers donated 30,564 hours of service to Arapahoe Libraries. Each volunteer brings a unique skill set, life experience and personality, allowing us to achieve far more than we could on our own.

Adults and teens (grade 7 and up) are welcome to participate in the volunteer program. We depend on volunteers to teach computer classes, help with early childhood literacy programs, work with the Friends, shelve library materials, assist with the Summer Reading Program and so much more.

How to Apply

Adults: Volunteer opportunities fluctuate throughout the year. For adult positions, please review our current opportunitiesopens a new window and complete the corresponding application.

Teens (Grade 7 and up): Please complete the online teen application. After your application is received, you will be contacted about the volunteer opportunities available in the library of your choice.

Have more questions? Please contact the volunteer coordinator by email or call 303-792-8960.

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Judy

Where do you volunteer? What do you do?
I work at Koelbel Library in the Child and Family Library Services Department. I do everything and anything, just whatever they ask of me. Right now I am labeling books.

How long have you volunteered for Arapahoe Libraries?
I have volunteered for Arapahoe Libraries for over 10 years!

What do you look forward to the most when volunteering?
Just coming and being with all the wonderful people. And knowing that I’m helping them do something constructive that they couldn’t get done if I wasn’t here.

Why do you love volunteering?
Because when I had a stroke in 1995, so many people helped me. Volunteering at the library is my way of giving back.

Do you have a fun story from when you have volunteered?
I cannot think of a funny story. But I look forward to being at the library every week. It is the highlight of my week.


Meet Carlos

Where do you volunteer? What do you do?
I volunteer at the Koelbel Library as a volunteer instructor, mostly teaching Microsoft Office classes, usually Excel. 

How long have you volunteered for Arapahoe Libraries?
It has been about 9 years already.

What do you look forward to the most when volunteering?
What I really look forward to is being able to show someone how to be more productive with Excel, PowerPoint or whatever app I might be teaching. When someone tells me that they have learned something new, or a more efficient way of doing something in Office, or perhaps got some sort of recognition at work because of their new skill, it makes my day.

Why do you love volunteering?
Generally because I love being able to help. I also love learning from those attending class; everyone has a different background, different experiences and work for different industries, and hearing their stories on how the class might help them, or how they use the technology at work, gives me new perspectives and ideas. 

Do you have a fun story from when you have volunteered?
A couple of years ago there was a patron that had been through a lay-off, and she was trying really hard to learn new skills by attending different types of classes, including the Excel and PowerPoint classes I was teaching at the time. After a few weeks of attending classes, she told me that she had found new work and that the skills she had learned really helped on the interview. That was really awesome news and a nice memory that I’ll always remember. 


Meet Thersa

Thersa, Volunteer

Where do you volunteer? What do you do?
I work primarily at Koelbel Library where I assist in sorting donations, identifying books to sell in our Amazon storefront, pricing books for the stores and the sales as well as stocking the Koelbel book store. I also oversee five library bookstores, which are open year round, as well as manage four annual saIes.

How long have you volunteered for Arapahoe Libraries?
I have been volunteering for Arapahoe Libraries for over 15 years.

What do you look forward to the most when volunteering?
I look forward to the collaboration with the other Friends volunteers. There is a huge amount of teamwork that goes into successfully putting together a book sale with over 50,000 books. I have met some amazing people over the years and made many dear friends through my work with Arapahoe Libraries.

Why do you love volunteering?
Everyday there is something new to learn because we receive fascinating donations from our local community. We have wonderful volunteers and such a supportive library district that it is a pleasure to work with everyone. The year round logistics keep me on my toes! I really love seeing the money the Friends raise being used to support amazing programs in the libraries.


Meet Berta

Where do you volunteer?
At Southglenn's bookstore, at Koelbel sorting books, listing books on Amazon and shipping books that sold and at book sales.

How long have you volunteered for Arapahoe Libraries?
I started in 1994- helped set up and chaired the first two book sales. I came back in 2012 after I retired.

What do you look forward to the most when volunteering?
The volunteers (and staff) I work with are an awesome group of people!

Why do you love volunteering?
I am an avid reader so working with books is fun...not work. I am so impressed with all the services and programs Arapahoe Libraries offers to the community so it's a pleasure to give back.

Do you have a fun story from when you have volunteered?
I can't think of one right now. Fun just describes the whole experience!

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