In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to comply with Governor Hogan’s directives, HCLS is suspending volunteer services at our branches until further notice. All changes or updates will be posted on this page. The health and well-being of our volunteers, staff and customers is of the utmost importance to us.
We appreciate your support of HCLS’ initiatives and look forward to reinstating our volunteer activities when Governor Hogan’s guidance indicates it is safe to do so.
Howard County Library System (HCLS) welcomes students who want to volunteer. Teen volunteers develop new skills and gain practical experience as well as learn about the HCLS educational mission and vision. We are looking for students who are mature, dependable, polite, and love HCLS.
Volunteer Opportunities for Students, at least 14 years old
Summer Reading Game Volunteer (applications accepted March 2- June 1)
Students can help in a number of ways during the summer:
- Encourage children to participate in the Summer Reading Club.
- Greet children and help them register for the Summer Reading Club.
- Distribute prizes.
- Assist HCLS Children’s Instructors by preparing materials for classes.
Summer Reading Volunteer applications are accepted online from March 2 through June 1. Applicants will be contacted and scheduled for an orientation in late May early June at the location of their first choice. Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be selected as there are limited openings.
How to apply: Please fill out the volunteer application and select Summer Reading Volunteer in the Assignment Interest. You will receive an email reply and then be contacted with dates for training. Spaces are limited.
Tech Stop Crew Volunteer
Help customer with questions about everyday technology. The Tech Stop crew will provide guidance with email, printing, social media, online search, use of smart devices, functionality of different apps, and other technology questions. Deadline for applying is Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Qualifications for Student Volunteers
Student Volunteers must:
- Be at least 14 years old, or 14 years old by Sept 1.
- Enjoy working with children.
- Possess a friendly and outgoing disposition.
- Follow directions.
- Exhibit independence.
- Demonstrate respect for diverse lifestyles, cultures, religions, and values.
- Be willing to complete assigned tasks and fulfill volunteer commitment.
Additional Volunteer Opportunities for Students, at least 14 years old
- Adopt a Shelf: Volunteers keep materials in order and shelves neat. Volunteers adopt a subject area that is of personal interest and maintain its order, accessibility, and appearance.
- Enchanted Garden: Assist with this innovative, outdoor educational environment at HCLS’ Miller Branch. Limited availability.
Qualifications and Skills:
Student volunteers typically must be able to commit to a minimum of two hours per week for at least three months. Currently, there are no volunteer opportunities for students under 14 years of age. Anyone under 18 must have parental permission.
Key skills include:
- Flexibility – willingness to perform a variety of projects and tasks.
- Communication and listening skills – willingness to ask questions if tasks are unclear.
- Dependability – willingness to complete assigned tasks and fulfill volunteer commitment.
- Ability to follow instructions, work independently, and focus on fairly detailed tasks.
- Ability to work cooperatively as a team with other volunteers and staff members.
- Respect for diverse lifestyles, cultures, religions, and values.
Service Learning Hours may be available for students who volunteer. Students are responsible for checking with their school to verify that their hours will qualify. If you have any questions pertaining to HCLS’ volunteer program, please contact Kathleen Plitt.
Application Process and Orientation
A limited number of volunteer positions are available for teens each year. Students are advised to apply early in the school year, by completing a volunteer application. The volunteer coordinator will interview applicants and provide an orientation to HCLS.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering.